One writer shares her summer reflection at the Entity Internship.

From what to check before you buy street food, to how to become an archaeologist, in my month and a half  at the Entity Mentorship, I’ve written about a range of topics.  Some have certainly been more enjoyable than others, and that’s part of the writing process.  Some turned out nothing like I expected they would, like, “Why Italians Laugh at (and Cry About) the U.S.A.’s Version of ‘Italian Food’” (did you know that spaghetti and meatballs isn’t a traditional Italian dish?).  Out of all of the interesting and different topics I wrote about, I think the topic I loved learning about most was hydroponics.  I wrote the article, “Why Hydroponics is the Agriculture System of the Future,” and it was fascinating all the way through.  I was originally assigned an article about a hydroponics product that would help anyone grow food inside, but I found out that it had been discontinued.  The hydroponics approach to agriculture had piqued my interest though, so I decided to just write a brief introduction to what it was.

And what is it?  Hydroponics is another approach to farming using nutrient infused water and a growing medium (material for the roots to grow around, like rockwool or sand) instead of soil to grow plants.  It saves space, tons of water (because water is recycled in the system), is healthier for the plants (also makes them grow faster), and can be done essentially anywhere.  With populations continuing to rise, freshwater running scarce and acres of arable land being conquered for agriculture, it makes sense to switch to hydroponics.

I find writing about sustainability and the environment really motivating.  There are so many things we can do to live greener on a daily basis!  What I love about hydroponics is that it’s a very feasible practice, it’s not terribly expensive, and you actually see the results.  With many sustainable practices, like recycling, you don’t see what your efforts are going to (other than “Made from recycled plastic” on bags or bottles).  And not only can hydroponics be used to grow foods in your own house with a homemade contraption (or a kit), but it can be used at an industrial level as well.  Who doesn’t like the idea of their own sustainable garden anyway!

For anyone looking for ways to go green and learn about more sustainable practices, reading about hydroponics is perfect.  Many people probably don’t even know what hydroponics is, so this article could be very enlightening.  Entity is about providing women with the tools they need to be all that they can be, and I’d love it to be a resource for people who are interested in living more environmentally friendly.

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