Farming is a term thrown around with some frequency. The question in my mind is, “Is there a future in farming?” I have a couple of theories on this subject that I’d like to get your thoughts on. One idea is that indoor gardening has surpassed traditional outdoor farming. Is this the case? The other idea is that indoor gardening is a much smaller portion of total farm production than it was in years past.
There are two primary theories on the future of indoor gardening. The first theory is that indoor plants will replace traditional outdoor gardens completely. This would be a truly awesome scenario for farmers. Let’s say you grow wheat, corn, potatoes and rice on a small scale. If you were able to replicate that environment indoors, then you could make a very large profit from each of your crops.
Another possibility is that indoor plants will not only replace those crop types that have been previously grown indoors, but also many traditional outdoor crops. For example, most fresh produce is grown in an indoor environment. However, there are many other food products that are more traditionally grown outside, like beans and lettuce. These products would make a great addition to the indoor garden scene.
Is there a future in farming for vegetables? It seems that in today’s economy, we are seeing an increasing number of people investing in indoor vegetable gardens. This might be partially because of the recent upsurge in vegetable prices. Another possible reason is the fact that people want to eat healthier and are tired of the unhealthy food choices that they see every day. If you want to have a future in farming, growing your own vegetables may be a great alternative.
Will indoor gardening replace outdoor gardens? Currently, there are many people who choose to grow plants in their own home or within a small garden space. However, if indoor gardening becomes popular, it won’t be long before indoor plants will completely overtake outdoor plants. Will indoor gardening replace lawn grass? It appears that lawn grass is not the only type of grass that can be grown indoors.
Will the future of farming include animals? There are some very good ideas currently being developed that would allow us to raise beef, horses, and chickens. The question is, “What type of crops do you want to raise?” Do you want to raise livestock, like cows, pigs, and chickens? Or do you want to raise crops, like fruits and vegetables?
If you take into consideration the increasing demand for food, and the fact that it is getting harder to grow crops that are good for our health and that are actually good for the environment, you could see a future where every grocery store has a small organic section. You would be able to buy all of your food items from the same place, and you could eat healthier food. In fact, there would be so much demand for healthier foods, that the cost would go down and the profit margin would go up. In this scenario, the farmer would make more money, and the consumers would pay less for the products they purchase. However, there is a lot of technology that needs to be developed before this could happen, and it may take several years before we see this new market for food products.
If you would like to work in the field, either as a farmer or someone who makes his living growing plants, or just watching what is going on in the field, you might be interested in a future in farming. What are your thoughts on this? Is there a future in farming? What would you like to see? Sound off!