Your Lettuce Could Come From an Old Semiconductor Factory

September 30, 2014

In a factory that once made floppy disks, herbs are growing. Inside an old semiconductor factory, there’s lettuce taking root. Oddly enough, electronics factories make great farms. And Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, are swapping industrial infrastructure for a business that’s as old as civilization itself.

There’s a very good reason for growing plants in “clean rooms:” They last far longer. Without all those pesky germs and other distracting microorganisms, plants can flourish with very little struggle, and they last far longer once they’re harvested.

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