How people could survive on Mars by eating INSECTS: Colonies would need lab-grown meat, tunnel-grown crops, and cricket farms, a study finds
- It is thought that sources such as water and oxygen are present in abundance
- But the lack of a viable food source has long been seen as an insurmountable obstacle
- Insect farms are important because they offer low-calorie meals with little water consumption
The prospect of a human settlement on Mars took a giant leap to become real today, as a strategy was developed to survive on the Red Planet – and it includes eating insects.
Essential resources such as energy, water and oxygen are thought to be abundant on Mars, but a lack of a viable food source has long been seen as an insurmountable obstacle.
But scientists have now said that the key to flourishing on the world-famous low-light planet would be snacking on crickets and growing meat in a laboratory.
Planetary scientists from the University of Florida in Orlando picked up the glove from Elon Musk of SpaceX and came up with a plan to preserve a colony of one million people.
Essential resources such as energy, water and oxygen are thought to be abundant on Mars, but a lack of a viable food source has long been seen as an insurmountable obstacle
Keith Cannon, co-leader of the study, told Space.com: & # 39; Eating is probably the hardest thing to make locally on Mars, and you can't import it only if you want a self-sufficient arrangement. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Bugs are the way to go if people can overcome the gross factor. & # 39;
Setting up an insect farm would be an efficient use of resources because it would require a small amount of water and at the same time provide a high-calorie meal.
Flour made from mashed crickets was a special recipe offered by the scientists, who greeted the edibility of the six-legged creature.
Last year, houses for a potential future colony on Mars were designed by a Chinese electronics giant
Flour made from mashed crickets was a special recipe offered by the scientists, who greeted the edibility of the six-legged creature
In recent years, efforts to develop a self-sustaining colony on Mars have intensified as commercial companies such as SpaceX attempt to establish a civilization on the Red Planet.
Solar energy, ice and carbon dioxide are present on Mars and are supposed to be able to produce energy, water and oxygen, respectively.
However, no raw materials have yet been discovered that can be harvested for food, not even with the help of a chemical reactor.
In addition to keeping insects, Florida scientists suggested cellular farming & # 39; for, who would offer a more recognizable diet for the weak among the colony.
Space X, led by Elon Musk (photo), hopes for a million people to go to Mars in the next 50 to 100 years
Meat and dairy products such as beef and milk can be grown from cultures in a laboratory.
The studies said that vegetables – important for any completed diet – would have difficulty growing due to a lack of natural light.
However, they argued that this could be remedied by growing plants in a tunnel illuminated with intense LEDs and increasing the limited sunlight that could be connected to fiber optic cables.
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