Factory goes from floppy disks to… lettuce


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Factory goes from floppy disks to… lettuce


Just a few decades ago, a room in a Japanese suburb churned out floppy disks by the thousands. Nowadays, the sterilized clean room, owned by the tech conglomerate Toshiba, is still churning out something floppy – floppy leaves of lettuce, that is. The company, which as of late has been diversifying into things like developing Ebola vaccines, is growing the vegetable in hopes of encouraging farmers to embrace tech-aided farming. The goal is also to sell indoor farming technologies to places it is needed. Aside from Toshiba, other Japanese tech companies, like Fujitsu and Sharp, are also planting their seeds into the growing business.

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