Great innovations can sometimes stem from tragedy. After the 2011 tsunami devastated Japan, scientists in the Miyagi Prefecture had to find a way to supplement all of the crops that were destroyed in the disaster.
Enter Shigeharu Shimamura of Mirai Co., a Japanese farmer on a mission to combat world food shortages. Shimamura has built the world’s largest indoor farm. It can produce up to 10,000 heads of lettuce each day in a relatively small 25,000 square-foot factory.
The farm, made up of cultivation racks, an irrigation system, and an LED lighting system, controls temperature, humidity, and irrigation. According to Shimamura, this system allows them to grow lettuce 2.5 times faster than a conventional farm.
The system also significantly reduces waste, and uses much less water than an outdoor field would require. While this technology is still fairly new, more and more of these indoor farms are popping up across the world, with Hong Kong and Russia preparing theirs to come next.
Evidently, Japan is onto something very big that'll change the world for the better. You can start locally and be a part of this agricultural future today!
With an Urban Cultivator Residential unit, you can help from the comfort of your own home. Just like Japan’s indoor farm, the Urban cultivator uses shelves, lights, and hydroponics to grow greens indoors. You can grow your own fresh and nutritious microgreens, vegetables, and herbs all year round.
What do you think of this Japanese indoor garden? Do you think that it's the future of agriculture? Let us know in the comments section below!