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Vegetables grown on Mars should be edible

Posted on Friday, 24 June, 2016 | Comment icon 4 comments

The first settlers on Mars can grow their own food. Image Credit: NASA
Dutch scientists have replicated the soil on Mars to demonstrate that vegetables can be grown there.
The idea of growing vegetables on the surface of the Red Planet may not be as far-fetched as it seems - that is according to a team of researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands who have managed to mix up samples of soil with the same properties as the soil found on Mars.

They discovered that, not only did the vegetables grow, but they were found to contain no toxic substances that would prevent astronauts from being able to eat them.
"These remarkable results are very promising," said senior ecologist Wieger Wamelink. "We can actually eat the radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes, and I am very curious what they will taste like."

The idea of growing vegetables on Mars was also explored in the recent Ridley Scott movie 'The Martian' in which Matt Damon's character grew and ate potatoes to survive.

It is now looking increasingly likely that doing this will eventually be possible in real-life as well.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (4)

Tags: Mars, Vegetables

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seeder on 24 June, 2016, 17:10
edible is one thing, goodness content is the BIG other heck, a leather belt is edible.... providing you have teeth..... as is a newspaper...
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 25 June, 2016, 0:17
Mars vegetables = no GMO. Or, wait.... Pfttttt.... won't fly.  Anyway, seriously though, it's a great idea.
Comment icon #3 Posted by XenoFish on 25 June, 2016, 1:19
Nom nom pooptatoes.
Comment icon #4 Posted by GreenmansGod on 25 June, 2016, 12:07
I would think, they have to use some kind of poop to add microbes to the soil. ;)

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