06 Jan '12, 6pm

Robots are coming to farm in Japan tsunami disaster sites

Robots are coming to farm in Japan tsunami disaster sites

The Japanese government is reclaiming land flooded by the March 2011 tsunami and turning it into what Wired calls a "robot-run super farm ." The Ministry of Agriculture has claimed a 600-acre site, part of thousands of acres of farmland destroyed by the tsunami and its aftereffects, for its "Dream Project" -- a farm tilled by unmanned tractors and harvested by robots. The government isn't looking to let robots push farmers out of a job. In fact, they're hoping the project will spur financial investment in farming, creating a new network of corporation-sponsored farms that will let beleaguered farmers stay solvent. "Corporate farm" is not exactly the most promising-sounding term, but Japan's agriculture is struggling post-tsunami and people gotta eat. Japanese technology titans like Panasonic and NEC will be invited to join the project, in a national bid to revive the belea...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2012-01-06-tsunami-disaster-sit...

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