Mirai Co Ltd. CEO and plan physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura has built the world’s biggest indoor farm.
The world’s largest farm comprises of 25,000 sq ft of ultramodern garden beds that cultivate with the help of 17,500 LED lights in an environment that is free of any bacteria and pesticides.
This farm yields approximately 10,000 fresh lettuce heads daily. This exclusive ‘plant factory’ is effective in its harvesting of coreless lettuce and the amount of crop waste is below 3% compared to 30 to 40% wastage that happens for lettuce that is grown in open air.
In a recent interview of Shimamura by National Geographic, he tells how this factory farming technique can possibly resolve the problem of food shortage and that is what their objective is.
Shimamura states that the technology developed by Mirai uses as little as 1 % of water that is usually used to cultivate vegetables, which makes for possibility of conservation of water by cultivating vegetables inside a factory environment to be used to yield added grains somewhere else.
He added that in this way it is possible to put up plant factories throughout the world to sustain the food production that can feed the entire population of the world.