Japan’s Robot Farm

For nearly 40 years, farmer Eiichi Fukuda has put his faith in the land, trusting the annual yield of the fertile brown soil to help feed his family and the rest of his nation. But these days, the veteran grower has watched the good earth turn dangerous on his farm near Minamisoma, Japan. (Tom Miyagawa Coulton/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

On Monday, Japan opened the first fully automated farm. The company that invented this farm is called Spread, and is located in Kyoto. This will be the first farm to be run by robots in the world. This farm will start officially operating in 2017 and is predicted to be able to produce 30,000 heads of lettuce each day. The robot labor would cut personnel costs in half and reduce energy costs by one third.  This farm is not only efficient, but also huge, with a 4,400 square meter area. The farm will also be covered head to toe with shelves filled with the growing produce. Although the robots will be doing most of the work, the seeds still need to be planted by people. This process of robotic farming will certainly boost profits for agriculture companies, but it may not be so helpful for the average farmer.