Scientists Grow Safe To Eat Food On Mars Like Soil!

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A manned mission to Mars seems to be entering into the public consciousness as something that can be viably attempted. Private corporations like Space X have played a large part in raising hopes that Humans may be able to colonize Mars, maybe even within our lifetime, if adequate funding is provided.

A large part of colonizing Mars will be finding a way to provide food for the people that live there long term. After all, minimizing the weight of any shuttle there will be crucial in terms of fuel and time required to complete the journey.

One solution that became popular was to grow crops in Martian Soil after it was shown quite dramatically in Matt Damon’s The Martian. Frankly, it seemed like a preposterous idea but that just shows how much we know!

A team of scientists in Netherlands though have now grown radishes, peas, tomatoes and rye in simulated Martian soil and found that they were safe for consumption. The soil found on Mars has extremely high levels of heavy metals like lead and Arsenic, both of which can be lethal for Humans in sufficiently high doses.

The team though was able to use the same kind of simulated soil that NASA uses for its mission preparations to Mars and the tested crops did not show an increased intake of dangerous materials.

The team is still working on six other crops including potatoes, that have yet to be tested for their metal content. Interestingly, the pictures shared by the team on Twitter showed that they were able to grow the same crops on simulated Moon soil as well.

Research into this particular project has been going on since three years now and is being considered as a major milestone in the quest for a realistic shot at colonizing the red planet. The team is looking for crowdfunding to help finance research the remaining stages of their project.

Soil is just one piece of the puzzle though as it will be  interesting what effects reduced Gravity will have on the plants and their natural osmotic system of transporting water.

Farming is not the only way that scientists are hoping to provide for humans on Mars though, as it is expected other fields of research like growing meat in a lab, something already being done on earth, advances in tissue culture techniques and better energy production capabilities to be able to carry all this out on Mars will help bring other solutions to the fore as well.

 

 

 

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