The American company Nanoracks intends to build the first greenhouse in Earth’s orbit this year. Scientists are to start growing various experimental vegetables there. The goal is not to produce food for Earthlings, but to genetically modify new varieties of vegetables that will be able to survive on Earth under the most extreme environmental conditions. They are supposed to be plants that can never be created on Earth.
If such vegetables can cope with cosmic conditions, namely microgravity and small resources, they can be easily used in crops also in countries where there is no harvest, and thus poverty and hunger. Scientists do not expect that the new species of vegetables will completely eliminate the problem of hunger and malnutrition, but they will certainly reduce the costs of food production, and thus help to develop agriculture in areas where there is now barren land.
„COVID and the problem of climate change have really opened our eyes to the fragility of food security in both developing and developed countries“Said Jeffrey Manber, CEO of Nanoracks. “We believe that there is a research path where outer space can be one of the solutions contributing to overcoming climate change and the growing threats of climate change on Earth and the looming specter of hunger“- Manber added in an interview with Space.com.
The first space greenhouse will be called StarLab and will be built by the end of this year. Ultimately, the Nanoracks company intends to build much larger greenhouse facilities in orbit. Perhaps it is safe to say that in the future they will be such hypermarkets with fresh food for space travelers who will be able to stop and eat something healthy or nutritious on their journeys, e.g. to the Moon or Mars.
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