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Better Than Organic – How CEA Has The Potential To Improve Food Quality and Safety

In the minds of consumers, the word Organic has become synonymous with being more healthy and nutritious, having a higher safety profile, and being free of any harmful substances, like pesticides and herbicides. But is this really true? Does having an Organic designation indicate the ultimate in food purity and nutrition?

Some Myths and Misconceptions Surround Outdoor Organically-Grown Food

When a person chooses to purchase organic produce over conventionally-grown produce, the expectation is that organic is safer and healthier, and is the best choice for the environment. Organic farmers must adhere to stringent regulations and requirements that do not allow the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. In addition, there are strict soil health requirements that must be met.

What some consumers may not know is that organic farmers may use pesticides and herbicides. While these substances are highly regulated, and are likely safer than synthetic options, some argue that there still could be safety concerns. It is also important to point out that testing has shown that some heavy metal concentrations can be as high in organic produce as in conventional.

Another concern with any farming operation is microbial contamination, which can occur anywhere along the growing, harvesting, and packaging process. For example, reports of salmonella and e-coli contamination resulting in recalls, illness, and death seem all too common these days. Organic farming is not immune from this concern.

So all things considered, while organically-grown produce is likely a safer and healthier choice compared to conventionally-grown produce, there is still room for improvement.

Enter CEA – The New Frontier of Agriculture

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is the practice of farming indoors with maximum control over all of the elements involved in the growing environment.

There are a variety of methods and technology utilized in CEA, such as vertical farming, hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics.

While being highly efficient in the use of growing space – one acre of a CEA operation can produce the equivalent of many acres of traditional farming – CEA  also offers health and safety advantages over both conventionally and organically grown crops.

CEA allows for a tightly-controlled and protected environment. Pesticides and herbicides can be minimized or eliminated, and cleaner growth medium options can help reduce absorption of harmful substances. Microbial contamination can also be greatly reduced as long as proper sanitation and hygiene practices are maintained.

Bio520 Is The Perfect CEA Partner

CEA facilities offer many advantages when it comes to food health and safety, but there are technological challenges that need to be considered in their day-to-day operation.

CEA operations often require drip lines, misters and foggers that can easily become clogged. Because of this, the choice of nutrient solutions and additives becomes vitally important. The more complex the system, the greater the possibility of clogging. Bio520 helps address this concern.

Bio520 is a unique liquid blend of essential minerals processed using our proprietary method. Composed of ultra-fine particles that are the optimum size for plant absorption, Bio520 is completely compatible with even the most complex system engineering.

Bio520 can also help CEA growers by increasing yields and profits, shortening growth cycles, reducing costs, including  IPM costs, by strengthening overall plant health, and reducing biotic and abiotic stress. In addition, studies have shown that the right mineral profile not only  enhances the uptake of nutrients, but can inhibit the uptake of  harmful substances. Essentially, Bio520 helps regulate from root to shoot.

Reach out to us today to learn more about how Bio520 is the perfect partner for your CEA operation.  You can also set up a trial to experience the Bio520 difference for yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!

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