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Hydroponic Vegetables in Halacha

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By Rabbi Yisroel Langer, cRc Dayan and Bedikas Toloyim Specialist

In recent years, it has become more popular to grow fruits and vegetables hydroponically. The advantage for a farmer to grow his produce in this manner is that it allows for year-round food production in any climate. There is also a potential advantage for the kosher consumer, as it is possible to prevent insects from accessing leafy vegetables that are often infested with bugs. This is easier said than done, as will be explained.

This article will cover three important areas: insects, brachos, and Pesach.

This article first appeared in the Chicago Rabbinical Council Pesach Guide 2024.