Old Semiconductor Factories Turned Into High-Tech Farms

This article first appeared on Amusing Planet  What is Toshiba’s latest product? A laptop? A TV? How about lettuce?

The Japanese electronics manufacturer, that has a lineage dating back to the 1930s, has recently set up a vegetable farm inside a disused factory in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, that was once churning out floppy disks in the tune of millions. When floppy disks became obsolete, the factory was shutdown in the early 1990s, and remained deserted for decades until Toshiba decided to set up a vegetable farm growing lettuce, spinach and other leafy green vegetables. But this is no ordinary lettuce, for it’s grown not in soil but on a specialized formulation of nutrients and fertilizer in clean rooms where Toshiba once manufactured delicate electronics. The produce are so clean that it doesn’t even need washing before you eat them...