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Evaluating hydroponic farming in Japan

July 2015

Hydroponic farming grows food crops without the use of soil and natural light, instead replacing these conditions with liquid nutrient feed and light emitting diodes in indoor farms

Japan led the field of technological innovations throughout the 1960s and 1970s, engineering high order goods such as cars and robotics with well-documented efficiency. Now the country is turning its attention to technical innovation in agriculture, and in particular to the future of industrial scale hydroponic farming. The number of these farms more than trebled in the three years prior to 2014 and their use in producing food both for a domestic and international market is set to continue to grow (Kim, 2014).


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