Japan Plant Factory Association and Smart City, Kashiwa-No-Ha Town

Originally published in Issue 12 By Eri Hayashi, Japan Plant Factory Association, Industry Expert The Japan Plant Factory Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by the faculties of Chiba University engaged in the Plant Factory Project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF) of Japan. JPFA targets to support the industry […]

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Japan Special Report: Plant Factories with Artificial Light (PFAL)

Originally published in Issue 11 By Eri Hayashi, Japan Plant Factory Association, Industry Expert After the 1980s and 1990s, Japan has been experiencing its third boom of commercial plant factories equipped with artificial light (PFAL). This has been occurring since 2009. Besides government-funded projects, many Japanese companies started to enter the PFAL industry as growers […]

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Japan Plant Factories are providing a safe, reliable food source

Originally published in Issue 6 Japan’s plant factories are expanding to meet the increasing demand for safe, pesticide-free, locally-grown food. Japan has more plant factories (PFs) than any other country. The largest number of plant factories are located in Okinawa Prefecture near Taiwan. The rapid commercialization and financial subsidization by the Japanese government of PFs, […]

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East Meets West: Recap

It was a privilege and an honor to be part of the organizing team and also to moderate the “East Meets West” conference held at the California Agriculture Center last month in Salinas, California. The first event of its kind brought together seven member-companies from the JPFA (Japan Plant Factory Association) led by association President […]

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Japanese Vertical Farming Leaders visit USA Agriculture Heartland

East Meets West: Urban Ag News and the Japan Plant Factory Association come together for Nor Cal Networking Event Urban Ag News and the Japan Plant Factory Association in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are pleased to announce a joint networking event with US-based agriculture organizations and operations. The event will […]

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Urban Ag News Online Magazine Issue 6

Urban Ag News Issue 6 | July 2014 Click here to download the issue. Includes: Bringing Locally Grown Food and Produce to Chicago Japan’s Plant Factories Providing Safe, Reliable Food It Takes Commitment to Grow Organically Is the Moon the Key to Sustainability on Earth? International Conference of Controlled Environment Agriculture

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