Added by on 2017-03-20

By 2050, the world will need to feed an additional 2.5 billion people living in cities. Yet as the demand for food rises, the amount of land available for agriculture in developed countries is expected to decline. In Japan, at the Fujitsu factory of Aizu-Wakamatsu which still manufactures semiconductor chips for computers, a different project is underway which may offer a solution to this problem. The company has converted an unused part of the factory into a farm to grow food – and more specifically, to grow lettuce. Fujitsu has focused on growing a low-potassium variety, which is sold to people with kidney problems who cannot process the mineral properly. Join Rachel Mealey in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture to visit the sun-free and soil-free urban farms of the future. Related PostsJapan’s Solar City of Futureearthrise – Detroit’s Urban Farming RevolutionFarms of the FutureAre Vertical Farms The Future Of Agriculture?Vertical Farms and the Future of AgricultureFuture of Agriculture: Vertical Farms to Sustainable Aquaculture

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19 Comments

  • April Mae 8 months ago

    What a waste, when, and it will be sooner than you think, Fukushima blows, all of Japan will have to be evacuated, and those who are to ignorant to go, will surely die in a short time, and ugly death.

  • Jellybean 123 8 months ago

    it a great idea and it will be de future if we dont unleash a bio weapon in china or india. but one of the problems you have to eliminate now with the plastic and concrete that is used in those plants

  • Jean-Pierre Meier 8 months ago

    Plants need soil so that they can absorb the necessary mineral nutrients to grow. They also need water and light.
    When it is difficult to get plantsoil and water you can also use human or animal faeces, because plant soils and faeces are the same.

  • gökhan şimşek 8 months ago

    *semiconductor chips

  • Pedro Zaragoza 8 months ago

    This is a process of innovation. As they do this more they will become ever more effective. Excellent.

  • s Ifrah 8 months ago

    at least they are not making fake food or fruit like China

  • Supermad Australian Hacker 8 months ago

    we got free electric generators new jobs are coming!new future!so many wasted building sites!

  • patrick returns 8 months ago

    Japanese people r so cool

  • nimit shah 8 months ago

    great job . I want to know about a minimum investment of this project

  • Rafael Sarmiento 8 months ago

    Only problem i see from this type of farming is the enrgy input, cause net input for these kind of systms should pollute a lot depending on the source of energy. Probably this will and should be the future when the world becomes totally clean energy (wind, solar and others) and then our food production will be so clean and abundant a lot of the current problems generated by the agricultural activity will be greatly diminished.

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  • Fedor Amuricano 8 months ago

    So how much is the ELECTRICITY BILL EVERY MONTH ?????????

  • Up Yours Why are you reading this TWAT 8 months ago

    THE WORST NUCLEAR ACCIDENT IN THE WORLD EVER UP THE ROAD,BUT ARE LETTUCE ARE FINE MR BURNS…DO`H…AND MOE`S IS BUSY..DAHDAHDAHDEEDAHDAH….

  • Chad Michaels 8 months ago

    The problem with this type of farming…..and don't get me wrong as I love new greenhouse and plant technology, but I can't see this method used for anything other than greens. I love my greens but until they start growing tomatoes or cucumber on shelves I won't be switching from my glass greenhouse….However, I like the idea that you could take an old warehouse and potentially convert it into this.

  • raburainbow26 8 months ago

    I wonder what kind of nutrient they're using here. is it organic or chemical one?

  • shin tenhou 8 months ago

    may be used in space satellite in the future.

  • rock ok 8 months ago

    i got question what is the size of the building?

  • Aviv Kaufman 8 months ago

    Great respect for Japan from Israel !

  • S. G. 8 months ago

    But is it commercially profitable? if the amount of electricity used is 4-5 times more than traditional farming how do they compete and still make a profit?