Toshiba's factory will be isolated
from the outside air and have tightly controlled air and lighting systems,
creating a sterile environment for the plants to grow
Construction of the plant is already underway, with Toshiba hoping to begin
shipping products such as lettuce, baby leaf green, spinach
and other vegetables as soon as July 2014. It is fitting the factory with
fluorescent lighting along with an air conditioning system to keep constant
temperature and moisture levels.
Toshiba's factory will be isolated from the outside air, creating a close to
sterile environment within its walls. This means there is no need for pesticides
and should result in a longer shelf life, with the company planning to sell on
the produce to supermarkets and restaurants as vegetables
rich in polyphenols and vitamin C.
Factories of this type are common throughout Japan, a country which has relied
heavily on agricultural imports to meet its food requirements. By artificially
controlling the environment in these factories, it is possible to produce large
quantities of vegetables with a more efficient use of land, power and nutrients.
Like other approaches to farming being developed for high-density areas,
these factories have the potential to help cater for the
food production needs of growing urban populations.
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