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–A Japanese farmer builds an impressive indoor veggie factory –On the Bonus Show: Beer review, Cost estimates for Russia’s 2018 World Cup, net neutrality vs. nipplegate, more… Website: Become a Member: Be our Patron on Patreon: Discuss This on Reddit: Facebook: Twitter: TDPS Gear: 24/7 Voicemail Line: (219)-2DAVIDP Subscribe to The David Pakman Show for more: Support TDPS by clicking (bookmark it too!) this link before shopping on Amazon: Broadcast on July 25, 2014 David’s Instagram: This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What if we could reduce the amount of light – and therefore energy consumption – needed for indoor farming? Erico Mattos has found a way to let plants tell us just how much light they need. Erico Mattos is a scientist inspired by his stint at the Singularity University’s graduate studies program to put his agronomic engineering training to use to improve food economics so that food supply can cost-effectively keep up with population growth. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Georgia and has co-authored two patents on the bioogical feedback control of LED lights. He is currently the co-founder of PhytoSynthetix. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations) Related Posts“Tower Garden Planting” by Epic GardeningCommunity […]

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  • Amaterasu16 1 year ago

    What a time to be alive….
    Lettuce in abundance!
    Even if I don't get to live to see the day all food is abundant, I see the beginnings!
    No longer do I have to worry about my lettuce consumption
    What will be the next food I can say the same for!? :D

  • TH3C1PH3R 1 year ago

    Use solar panels to generate power and how much water are we saving doing this indoors?

  • Bill Seward 1 year ago

    problem is with japan is the weather, never sun always cloudy and cold. you could never get this production outside. in addtion to not being any availabe land anywhere. its a great idea for japan but this would not work in texas

  • Alex 1 year ago

    That has to be tens of thousands of watts..

  • hjelkrem79 1 year ago

    I can see this beeing powered by wood-gas-generators. Zero carbon footprint, and free fuel

  • Michael Waters 1 year ago

    omg you are so beautiful

  • Sailor Barsoom 1 year ago

    I'm not sure this really has a bigger energy footprint than a conventional farm producing the same amount of food.  Consider the energy used by tractors, energy used to produce and transport pesticides (this would use less or none, since a screen door can keep the bugs out), and the cost of transporting that 100-fold amount of water a conventional farm uses.  Finally, if these can be used close to cities, the energy used to transport already-grown food plummets.

    Even if it does use slightly more energy (as as above, I'm not sure it does), it's all electricity and can thus be gotten, at least in part, from solar, wind, or biofuels.  Finally, whatever its energy footprint, its WATER footprint is itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny, like a yellow polka-dot bikini.

    And yeah, GE is using it for promotion.  As long as it works and is an improvement over what we're doing now, I don't care if GE gets some promotion out of it.

  • aquelmarihuano 1 year ago

    as long as it is all power by solar panels then yes I'm all for it.

  • Peter Kelly 1 year ago

    Given the efficiency #'s alone, this is a game change for agriculture. Urban farming in dense cities could take off; and this is a bonanza for highly urban regions that import absolutely everything. Having a domestic industry to supply local needs would greatly shave off needs of some imports. As renewable energy production advances, this gets more and more attractive. Rock on!

  • Steven Spray 1 year ago


    Growing using the sun or high powered sodium light bulbs ≠ LED growing AT ALL.

    I have one friend who goes the LED route and another doing the high powered light bulbs and the difference in yield and overall quality is like night vs. day. Yes, more energy efficient etc. etc. but LED growing is a crap novelty.

  • Ty Brady 1 year ago

    I hope he gets rich off this.
    But at the same time I don't want the little farmers going out of business.
    This could be good in very crowded cities in order to reduce shipping costs.

  • DKastl 1 year ago

    Growing lettuce is easier than growing weeds, it is seriously the easiest thing you can grow… I don't mean marijuana. 1:45 Exactly.  This is only interesting because of scale. A lot cheaper outdoors? No. Indoor is inexpensive when you calculate in yield, turnover for harvesting… etc. My indoor garden costs me about 1 dollar a day with electricity costs, and where I live electricity is very expensive. Growing outdoors with pests is a pain in the fucking ass. You have rodents, spider mites, aphids, snails, fungus etc.   I have a closet full of cape goose berries (20 cape goose berry plants) (100grams costs 3 dollars about 10 cape gooseberries (supermarket cost), extremely expensive to buy) I am growing with a 150watt cfl… it's easy, plus 60 strawberry plants being fed by 1 65watt cfl… Seriously more Japanese farmers should be doing this, when you find out how expensive fruit is in Japan, it's crazy.

  • DKastl 1 year ago

    Bout fucking time, do you know how fucking expensive food is in Japan… fucking nuts.

  • gekapat 1 year ago

    This will be our way to the stars.

  • Tounushi 1 year ago

    If something can be done in a building, it can be done on several levels.
    Farmscrapers, ho!

  • ivoman7 1 year ago

    Sure, problem-solving… But there is no comparison with sun-grown food. I'm sorry.

  • danekeeper1 1 year ago

    japan is land pooor… maybe hi efficiency farming will relieve global pressure to grab land and other resouces

  • Oneloudest 1 year ago

    What are you doing with your hands? Stop it

  • provis99 1 year ago

    so all we gotta do is stick a cow under a LED light and it will give us quick and nutririous beef?

  • Omar Ibn Lynn Ibn Samual Marchant 1 year ago

    the flash of light can mess up a flowering cycle in certain plants. see ed rosenthal