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Shigeharu Shimamura teams up with GE to grow lettuce indoors faster, cleaner and cheaper

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A 2300 square meter former semiconductor plant has become the world's largest indoor vegetable farm, thanks to Shigeru Shimamura and special LED lights from General Electric. The farm produces 10,000 heads of lettuce per day all while using less than 1% of the water needed for a normal farm, and none of the weather or pest related risks that come with growing outdoors. Produce waste is also slashed from 50 to just 10% as well. Shimamura's indoor farming company, Mirai, has partnered with GE and is looking to set up similar operations in locations around the world, starting with Hong Kong and Russia. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. For news that's fun and never boring, visit our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TomoNewsUS Subscribe to stay updated on all the top stories: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-WqkTyKK1_70U4bb4k4lQ?sub_confirmation=1 Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: https://us.tomonews.net Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Crying dog breaks the internet’s heart — but this sad dog story has a happy ending" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4prKTN9bYQc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Jdc (1 year ago)
https://goo.gl/16LHtJ
firecloud77 (1 year ago)
Man does live by lettuce alone. Unless, of course, you want to eat *32 heads of lettuce per day* to get your 2,000 calories.
James NYC (2 years ago)
which GE LED model # is being used, and; What is the EXACT PAR rating of the individual LED's in the fixture?
Stonersloth Hughes (2 years ago)
why ant we useing this yet??
Dennis Justice (2 years ago)
And in North Carolina (and all over the country) we're playing games with legalizing industrial hemp. Japan's going to kick our asses in agriculture like they did for a while in automotives and electronics if we do not wake up.
Mike H (2 years ago)
+Dennis Justice Hemp isn't a game, it's a very versatile and useful crop that helps revitalize soil or can be grown in poor soil without the need for massive amounts of fertilizers. For goodness sakes it was the backbone of American industrial agriculture before DuPont came along and essentially monopolized the textile industry. For one thing, it would revolutionize the paper industry with efficiency and reducing demand on lumber harvesting. This LED tech is good too, but it's far more effective in Japan where space and arable land is an issue. It would be great in harsher places like the east coast of the US where long winters would make growing difficult. Ideally it would cut down on wasteful shipping. People everywhere need to start growing stuff locally. With better LED efficiency, a lot of people will be able to do so.
Gabi Taylor (3 years ago)
"Peter Friedman1 week ago"   "Anyone know which specific things they are doing that other major indoor vegetable cultivation operations definitely aren't? Are they really quite as far ahead of others as they seem to be saying they are?" Peter, what they're doing that we are not doing is WORKING COOPERATIVELY with each other... and PRIORITIZING society's needs instead of corporate profiteering.  It's really very simple: The Japanese do NOT subscribe to our insanely greedy CAPITALISM as evidenced by the fact that there is a RESTRICTION on the ratio between a CEO's yearly income compared with that of the common worker!  "We" would never consider such a thing... although it DOES exist in many other countries to a lesser extent than in Japan.  ;-) 
Elias Simon (3 years ago)
+Gabi Taylor Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if this indoor farming ended up more profitable than traditional farming. Although there are extra costs in building the farm and electricity, you save on water use and have much better yield, not to mention being able to market the crop as "low-waste". Maybe you don't even need pesticides for these. I wish they actually published these numbers.
dfgatorfan (3 years ago)
Something like this seems like a no-brainer to me. Especially in urban environments. Hopefully it takes off worldwide.
TRUEZFAN (4 years ago)
Huh. Good stuff.
Jaskaran Klair (4 years ago)
Why you guys stop uploading new videos
Tomorer (4 years ago)
Necessity being the mother of all invention I guess the Japanese deserve some kudos here. This is though the obvious progression of human life on Earth. Lets go underground with it, and use the oxygenated air to air condition subterranean cities, then channel the CO2 rich air back to the plants. All this really is is an example of people still being miles off the mark for paradise.
whenindoubtdo (4 years ago)
Did Tomo News suddenly abandon their largest channel?!?  There is a new TomoUSA channel that they're updating now and the new videos here have stopped. A message to Tomo: If you're abandoning this channel and replacing it with new ones, you should definitely make a video stating this or else you'll lose a lot of potential subscribers and traffic!
Fallen Monk (4 years ago)
As an ex-grower, I can confirm that shit
Syahmi Abdul Majid (4 years ago)
I have this in desert where i and my follower shall establish new settlement for Allah and to prepare defensive art against the evil.
Syahmi Abdul Majid (4 years ago)
Thank you Tomo News your shown khindness here i hope this Type of News are being present reported more then the Eww pervert news.
MrTalgon (4 years ago)
Well why can't we all to this looks promising....
Lord Hodor (4 years ago)
nice
Standard AI (4 years ago)
thumbs up if you're high and watched 2 videos in a row...
BUBBLEGUM GUN (4 years ago)
techno farmers 
Nicholas Bloxxer (4 years ago)
WHAT HAPPEN TO YOUR VIDEOS WHY ARENT UNPOSTING ANYMORE???
Ron Lovell (4 years ago)
I knew it!
LOADING... (4 years ago)
is this save to eat? 
Davidm00sh12 (4 years ago)
I hope this is used to improve parts of the world where the population suffers from malnutrition.
whenindoubtdo (4 years ago)
I like these positive science videos and I wish Tomo would do more of them. But I kind of understand why they aren't made more often, as I think it would be very difficult for a lettuce farming video to go viral.
creman12 (4 years ago)
thats how I grow ma weed plants
theJAPANAIR1 (4 years ago)
Cool
Fleeting Dribble (4 years ago)
are they using G.M.O.
John Wood (4 years ago)
There's no G.M.O in Japan. Yet...
heresteven (4 years ago)
try california as the farmers are trying to deal with the drought.
quest 77051 (4 years ago)
FREAKING EPIC!!!
John Bridge (4 years ago)
Seems disasterous mutant babies for 2050
Andrew Dyer (4 years ago)
We already grow enough food to feed 12 billion, some people just cant pay the big corporations for it
Lazy SoFa (4 years ago)
Awesome!
Mc Whopper (4 years ago)
This is brilliant!
David Dwayne (4 years ago)
I not trying to be close minded, however that sounds way too good to be healthy. But hey what more damage could they be causing? Japan is already saturated in radiation.
Lorben Mc Carry (4 years ago)
Nuclear flavored Veggies!! :)
Elias Simon (3 years ago)
+Lorben Mc Carry The ignorance on both sides of this argument is disappointing. Here are the facts, morons: The Mirai farm is in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. This is seventy miles north of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, "except for a few isolated locations directly outside the plant's outlet, the radionuclide concentrations remain within the World Health Organizations (WHO) guidelines for drinking water" (http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1326/ML13263A306.pdf). Seventy miles north is not "directly outside the plant's outlet", so the Mirai farm is safe from contamination.
kx4life07 (4 years ago)
+Lorben Mc Carry I hope you don't live in the U.S. lol
rihardo123 (4 years ago)
+TheDragonfriday 0:54
TheDragonfriday (4 years ago)
+Lorben Mc Carry it best that don't explain to these people they will never understand.
Lorben Mc Carry (4 years ago)
LOL!
Player 1 (4 years ago)
Fuck yeah, Science!
firecloud77 (2 years ago)
+Player 1 Humans using the creative powers their Creator blessed them with! Yeah!
Moreththerogue (4 years ago)
Now there's some seriously good news. Not just a fluff piece.
Leo (4 years ago)
I bet it tastes better
ChienPing Yu (2 years ago)
+coffeebreak9000 I tried lettuces farmed in US$300K clean room factory.
RandomAsshole (4 years ago)
fuck yea, you go japan!

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