The soil is alive, and I'm sure there is an effect on plants. (Well, it's no longer alive when chemical pesticides and fertilizers are used, killing the micro-organisms; I meant in a more natural farm setting.) I'm not a fan of hydroponics. Still, what are the tradeoffs for a country like Singapore? Fresh, soil-grown local produce isn't an option. They simply don't have the farmland. So I think vertical farming there is a great idea.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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