Hydroponic vs. Conventional Farming
This chart shows the relative amounts of resources it takes to produce equal amounts of food using these two farming practices. Compared with conventional field agriculture, hydroponics is sustainable, efficient, and requires no pesticides.
Additionally, hydroponic produce is picked ripe, and is thus fresher and tastier than conventionally farmed produce, which is typically picked prematurely, transported hundreds or thousands of miles, and then "gas blasted" with ethylene hormone to ripen artificially.