The First Ever Robot-Run Farm Will Harvest 30,000 Heads Of Lettuce Per Day…

The First Ever Robot-Run Farm Will Harvest 30,000 Heads Of Lettuce Per Day...


Farming has always been at the forefront of technological advances.  Now, the human element is being completely removed.

Japanese lettuce production company, Spread, has made the world’s very first farm that is entirely “manned” by robots.  What’s truly amazing is that these robots can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day.

The machines at the Kyoto, Japan farm plant seeds, water plants, harvest the plants and even trim the heads of lettuce.



Futurism discovered, “Spread’s system also follows today’s growing agricultural trend of vertical farming where farmers can grow crops indoors on stacked racks, relying on LED light instead of natural sunlight. This helps increase the efficiency of the farming process, lowers waste production significantly, and eliminates runoff from pesticides and herbicides.”

In a world riddled with food crises, this sort of tech is sorely needed, and Spread CEO J.J. Price says  “Our mission is to help create a sustainable society where future generations will not have to worry about food security and food safety… This means that we will have to make it affordable for everyone and begin to grow staple crops and plant protein to make a real difference.”

Here’s a video with more about the farms (article via Minds):

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That’s mean more and more people will loose their jobs.

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The decimation of the farming society, it will lead further to the haves and the have nots.

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I prefer lettuce that actually have seen the sun – it tastes better

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Is it organic?

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Leo Baldwin. How long ’till Skynet becomes sentient? 🙂

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All with the aim of eliminating the human race 🙁 NWO agenda..

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Let me know when it’s 30,000 cannabis plants!!!

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This is doable with LED lights that do not need to be raised so far above the plants, if you can buy electricity at discount rates in off demand times like late at night it is economically viable. The plants don’t care if their artificial sun shines from 9 at night till 7 in the morning.

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Cool stuff but I’d rather see real human beings paid a living wage do the work.

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    Maybe get rid of tractors to . More humans to work then

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    Yeah! We should ditch all technology and live like the Amish! We need menial labour or else we might have so much free time on our hands that we’ll find ourselves learning about the universe, exploring the world, and spending more time bonding with friends and family – eeuurgh! No one wants that!

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    Funny how the Amish don’t get cancers like the rest. Google if you don’t believe it. They’re doing something right.

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    Cris Ward and John, LOL, not talking about totally ditching technology – I’m not a Luddite! Two issues. If we automate everything, how are we going to support ourselves and our families without meaningful, living wage jobs or businesses? Also, who will own and profit from these farms? Some gigantic corporation, enriching billionaires and Wall Street vultures? If these automated farms are owned and operated by their local communities, who directly benefit economically (and nutritionally), so much the better. Otherwise technology has a tendency to funnel and concentrate wealth in fewer and fewer hands, with us regular people paying a terrible price for “cheap” products (and produce). That’s my concern.

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    The future is not in manual labor, sadly. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can restructure society to take that into account.

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things you are failing to mention… all those minerals and chemicals used to grow hydroponics, have to be mined by big mining companies, digging holes into the earth, and then processed through a chemcial plant. There is nothing “energy saving” with these factory farms. Also note, after the fukashima disaster, food grown outside gets a nice doese of latent radiation. Also note, the LEDs used, are owned lock stock and barrel by big companies like GE, and you the average person, will not be able to buy them, and if you could, they are epically over priced.

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    What a load of crap

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    Not really. several of my business friends and myself have looked into the LED technology. Because they are only growing “leafy greens” they dont use the more expensive blends of chems you need for say, tomatoes or capsicum peppers. You also have to look at how you can potentially lower your reliance on international supply (Japan imports almost all its raw materials, such as hydroponic chemicals), you would be better off using an aquaponics component (considering they are only growing light greens in a 6 week turnaround). anyhow Cris, done your homework as well? if you had you would know that this operation has been in full swing for about 4 years.. its nothing new.

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Nutritionally deficient plants are the result. We need regenerative agricultural solutions that build topsoil, and diversity and employ and teach a multitude of people rather than more broad scale technology growing monocrops.

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Wait a minute. Where are the immigrants to pick our vegetables and produce? This kind of robotic engineering is what is taking jobs away from people.

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We are getting closer to colonization technology from the looks of it. Next we need to find a way of making the crops more nutrient dense in the presence of extra water (can not do drought farming with aquaphonics)

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Is that John McCain’s lettuce farm? I’d bet it is.
I didn’t know you could grow a head of lettuce in one day…I think it takes about 70 days. So what will this robot do for the other 69 lol.

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It may be progress but people need jobs!

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Till they revolt then the only heads being harvested will be humans

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Is that photo of where it is grown? It doesn’t get sun?

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    its all done indoors, artificial lights

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    I don’t think food grown separate from nature is going to have the phytonutrients

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    Special LEDs developed by GE, not available for individuals to buy, only supplied to certain corprations and agencies under strict agreements. basically they will be used to grow food underground and in vaults, space craft and satelites, maybe future bases on other worlds. However i have ssen certain “plans” years ago, which basically show each city haveing a “food factory” which will grow everything from meats to fruit to veg. fully automated. however, dont follow the rules, no access to food, and deliberate things done to destroy individuals ability to grow their own crops, such as bees… we are watching the very attempt upon controlling all food before our very eyes. go do a search for the “automatic pizza ATM”, basically make a pizza any time of day or night, as you watch, debit your card, /paywave, what ever. combine that with self driving cars and delivery vehicles.. you might never need another employee.

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    Leigh Sunders I wouldn’t be surprised. I’m a farmer so I guess I would have my livelihood destroyed. Growing food in warehouses won’t work. To get healthy food there are so many factors and the cheapest way to meet these conditions is outside in the ground under the sun using microorganisms in the soil to do the work for us.

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well hydroponic salad tastes awful, and lettuce isn’t a good choice for nutrients either.

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No sunlight, no soil, everything plastic . Can you feed this frankenfood to robots?

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Who will eat them?

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Sun energy is cleaner and sustainable. Do robots eat the food they farm?

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i wana have it in my garden.

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this is the “above ground model” for the underground bunkers, eventually the intent is to have “food factories” like this planet wide. it will be illegal or incredibly hard for you to grow food at all, or possess Heirloom seeds (viable seeds that grow fertile viable seeds). Refuse to take the chip, refuse to take the money card, then no gmo food for you, infact no food for you ever… welcome to borg. resistance is futile. unless of course, you wake up, and resist now.

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