Hydroponic farming – from the ancient Greek hýdor (water) and pónos (work) – is a method of growing plants without soil, substrates or on a solvent in which the roots of the plant are immersed in a solution composed of water and dissolved nutrients. Its certified origin traces back to the Babylonian period, and its hi-tech application today enables not only obtaining controlled productions, but also using less water, a very important aspect in the sustainability policies we imposed on ourselves.
If in fact 70% of the water available on the planet is used in agriculture, and adopting consumption containment measures is the option we chose, in terms of ethics and quality. Thanks to the circularity of a system that recovers the nutritive system not used by the plants and is recycled, the hydroponic system in fact ensures up to 80-90% water savings compared to the traditional cultivation on soil. Under the profile of quality, the dosage of fertilizers is carefully rationed, with the overcoming of all the critical factors linked to soil cultivation, from the presence of parasites to the growth of weeds.
The insertion of the hydroponic technique into our events thus responds to the need to make our public aware of the virtuous aspects of sustainable consumption, which matches with the pursuit of pureness and esthetics in the ingredients, and is indispensable for us.
Also on the occasion of the last Cersaie edition, we initiated an innovation path from the hi-tech and green point of view, where the shoots we put in the single portions of the buffet were of hydroponic origin.