This incredibly efficient “plant factory” was created in 2011 as an emergency response to the devastation left in the wake of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami wake, according to National Geographic, and the technology had been in various stages of development for 40 to 50 years.
“We chose this particular location because we wanted to prove that vegetables can be produced anywhere,” said Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai, the agricultural technology company that created the giant indoor farm in an earlier interview with National Geographic. “Looking into the future, if we could succeed there, we could also see a possibility of exporting the technology we developed all over the world.”
That future could be fast-approaching. According to Web Urbanist, Mirai is already working on a similar farm in Hong Kong, and is developing other innovative agricultural projects in Mongolia and Russia.
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