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Your wagyu beef may be getting even pricier

Business Nov 13, 2018

Your wagyu beef may be getting even pricier

The world's most pampered cows are finding that a key supplement in their carefully designed diet is getting harder to come by thanks to thousands of pigs falling sick in China. Japan's wagyu, known for its soft, fatty and marbled meat, is dependent on China ...

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

Business / Tech Nov 1, 2018

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

In the hills between Kyoto, Osaka and Nara prefectures, surrounded by technology companies and startups, Spread Co. is preparing to open the world's largest automated leaf-vegetable factory. It's the company's second vertical farm and could mark a turning point for vertical farming — keeping the ...