Scientists grow fresh produce in Mars-like conditions
Orange skies, hurricanes, and a global pandemic do not make Earth seem like the most welcoming place for humans. But if the Earth becomes truly uninhabitable, and humans flee to Mars, what will our species eat? Fresh produce, reports The Takeout. Mars has less than ideal conditions for farming. There’s jarringly cold temperatures, no water to be found, and close to no oxygen in the atmosphere. Also the red soil is full of iron oxide: not what you look for in a lettuce farm. Yet a team of Dutch scientists successfully grew 10 different crops in iron-heavy soil during a simulation designed to replicate Mars. And according to the lead scientist, the lab-grown tomatoes were impressively sweet.