DailyDirt: Not Living Off The Land Anymore

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It’s not always easy to nurture plants so they grow and thrive, but it’s especially difficult without land — and gravity. Farming in space isn’t exactly a common activity, but if any significant number of people are going to live in space for longer than a few months (without re-supply cargo ships or huge stores of packaged food), astronauts are going to need to figure out how to grow their meals. Space station residents have only just started to eat plants they’ve grown in space, so it’ll be awhile before anyone is growing potatoes on Mars.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Farming Bots

When we really get serious about reducing our impact on the earth we could create tailored plants that could grow any dish that is made from a plant, animal or any combination of the two. We could do aquaculture now, but still would need additional nutrients and still would suffer high failure rates initially. Someday your kitchen will be replaced by something that uses water and power from your house to recycle all of your waste into the best food you could imagine. CHON machines don’t have to be the size of a factory ship once you figure out how nature does it.

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