Monday, November 8, 2021

Japanese Film Farming

this is extrordinary tech and it will become global.  Please note the jump in fruit sweetness.  That is a powerful value add for every imaginable crop.  We are only now scratching the surface.

The film lays on top of water in the shown setups.  Wet sand will do as well and circulation works for nutrient balancing.  what matters is that the film is not consumed at all.

Appling it is still tricky enough, but just a learning curve.  The low hanging fruit must be greenhouse strawberries whose fruit is at maximum sweetness.  A thin layer of water in a foot wide trough should suffice with the film sitting on top of a simple screen able to carry the root weight whi h does get large.

Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture through Film Farming

Mebiol Inc.

Growing Vegetables with Less


ebiol, Inc. has invented a film called “Imec” made of hydrogel for growing vegetables with less water. Using this method, agriculture can be done virtually anywhere -- even on desert land or concrete. The film prevents harmful viruses and germs from getting in, rendering pesticides unnecessary. The film also creates a “water stress” that helps crops such as tomatoes synthesize large amounts of sugar, amino acids, and other nutrients. This, in turn, leads to more natural sweetness and higher nutritional value. In addition, Imec eliminates soil contamination that can negatively impact crop productivity and quality.

Imec was invented by Dr. Yuichi Mori, Founder. He did so after 30 years of developing membranes and hydrogel technologies that are utilized in dialysis membranes, catheters, artificial blood vessels, and other forms of medical equipment. He wanted this invention to stabilize food supplies and address safety issues created by water shortages and soil contamination as a result of global warming.

At its core, Imec film encourages plants to make a large number of capillary roots so as to more efficiently take in nutrients.

Major Features and Advantages

I. Reduces Water Consumption

Imec reduces water consumption to less than a quarter of what is needed for hydroponic farming, and 1/10 of conventional farming using soil. The sugar content in Imec tomatoes, for example, is nearly twice that of hydroponic tomatoes.

II. Use in Barren Areas

Imec can produce results even in barren areas that lack agriculture, such as areas of Japan that have been devastated by tsunamis. It can even be used in the soil-contaminated suburbs of Shanghai or in hot and unforgiving Dubai deserts.

III. Easy to check the roots of plants

Because capillary roots are so crucial for healthy plants, they need to be at their best to yield quality crops. With Imec, it is easy for anyone to check the density and color of roots. This offers a better way to diagnose any potential problems that may exist in crops like tomatoes.

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