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Agriculture

Train station lettuce: Japan railroad grows veggies indoors

Rail operator JR East looks to gain inside track in $22bn agritech business

Vegetables cultivated by Infarm are sold at supermarkets run by JR East subsidiary Kinokuniya.

TOKYO -- A harried commuter rushes through a Tokyo station hoping to catch the next train home. But first, a quick stop at a store to pick up a fresh head of lettuce. So fresh, in fact, that it is grown right there at the train station, cultivated using technology to ensure that it is raised under the most optimal conditions.

Tokyo-area rail operator JR East will soon make this possible -- and its stations greener while also cashing in on the indoor farming boom.

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