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The Rise of Hi-tech Food Farms is one of Top 5 Food and Agriculture Stories in 2014

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panasPurplish-pink lighting from LED lights helps Panasonic to grow vegetables vertically arranged in shelves within its manufacturing facility. Image: Panasonic.

Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms.

By Vaidehi Shah
Eco-Business
Dec 17, 2014

Excerpt:

Electronics manufacturers such as Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms which produce vegetables such as lettuce, radish, spinach and sprouts. Panasonic set up a farm in Singapore in August which uses special LED lights to cultivate vegetables in as little as 35 days, a move that meets the government’s food security goals. Toshiba also started cultivating greens like spinach, lettuce and greens in a factory in Japan earlier this year.

These initiatives by electronics companies, along with innovative urban farming projects from around the world, are expected to increase access to locally grown food, yield more energy and resource efficient farming methods, and allow food to be grown faster than conventional farming, outcomes which are likely to make valuable contributions to global food security efforts.

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