31 Aug '15, 6pm

Tokyo subways sprout underground farms

Under the streets of Tokyo, there is a hidden secret that most people would never imagine – and it’s delicious. It’s not an off-the-map soba shop or some tucked away sushi joint, but a farm. Tokyo Salad is the new underground agriculture experiment run by Tokyo Metro – the folks who manage the subway lines. The Metro launched the subterranean hydroponic farm this past January, and it is already providing greens and sprouts to local restaurants. Hidden under Tokyo’s subway lines might be the most unlikely place you could imagine for a farm, but it works. Farmers don’t wear overalls here, though. They wear white lab coats and must pass through a hygienic “air shower” in order to enter the crop fields which, essentially, are rows of shelving units hooked up to a fancy irrigation system . Similar to the underground farm in London, this one grows primarily lettuce and microgree...

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