Japanese Farm, Any agricultural system that can increase the productivity of the land 100-fold, reduce water consumption by 99 per cent and produce a superior crop, regardless of the weather, is definitely revolutionary. People have been growing plants and even food crops in greenhouses for a long time now, but a Japanese venture called Mirai has developed what could be the most productive indoor farm yet. The man who started it believes it is the real beginning of the industrialization of agriculture.
Using LED lighting that was specially developed for the purpose by GE, Japanese “plant physiologist” Shigeharu Shimamura is now doing industrial-scale farming in a former electronics factory. It is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, covering 2,322 square metres (25,000 square feet). With 17,500 LED lights providing the optimal illumination for plant growth, the “farm” is already turning out 10,000 heads of lettuce per day. The farm began operations on July 1.