Plants not only ensure our survival but also beautify it, and it is gardeners who bring this to civilization on a large scale. That is why this profession clearly has a special status in a growing society. Due to the growing demand for more plant production, the use of automated controls in horticulture has increased significantly in recent decades. Automatic irrigation has been around for a long time. Today it is so-called "intelligent systems" that monitor plant growth and development. Certainly, good control engineering can be used to control crop pests and diseases, for example by monitoring and controlling humidity and other conditions. But not everything that the modern computing age brings can be characterized as green and certainly not energy efficient in the first place, although many of these systems have certainly been installed with that goal since the 1990's.
But let's look at the positive side first:
Automated controls have been and continue to be a great boon to gardeners working in greenhouses. By using computer systems to monitor and adjust environmental conditions in the greenhouse, growers can maintain optimal temperatures and humidity levels for their plants. All existing equipment for heating, ventilation, screens, irrigation - to name just a few - are coordinated with each other according to specifications. This makes it much easier for them to take care of their plants as they don't have to manually adjust the conditions in the greenhouse. Automated checks can certainly help save time and money by making sure these conditions are good for your plants without having to be constantly behind them. This gives gardeners time to do other important work instead of worrying about temperature, air movement, etc. to take care of in their greenhouse.
What's the downside?
Automation measures should also be treated with caution. While it can save time and energy, it can also lead to wasted resources if handled improperly. Automation should only be used where it is sustainable and primarily saves your own working hours in the long term. But if we put 10 times as much energy into a product as we get out of it, for example in terms of nutritional value, can we still call it ecological or - to use a new buzzword - "organic"?
We feel automation, with common sense and environmental awareness, is an important concept that should be embraced by everyone. It enables us to create a sustainable economy while caring for the environment. Automation combined with common sense and environmental awareness enables us to make informed decisions about resource use, energy consumption, waste management and other activities that impact our environment. This helps us create a more efficient system that is both economically beneficial and environmentally friendly.
We believe in creating a balance between economic growth and environmental protection and if you are looking for a technical improvement in your nursery and would like to find a solution that makes sense for you, but also for the environment, then we are very happy to offer our knowledge available to work this out with you.
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