Scientists Discover Four Crops That Mark Watney Could Grow On Mars

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Though Martian soil contains a hefty dose of toxic metals like lead and arsenic, Dutch scientists with Wageningen University have recently announced that rye, tomatoes, peas and radishes grown in Martian soil are actually safe to consume.

The scientists have been growing crops in simulated red planet soil since 2013, and while they actually haven’t tasted any of the produce yet, they note that these four can be grown safely on Mars without absorbing dangerous amounts of heavy metals. The researchers are testing other crops (yes, potatoes is among them), and they’re currently working to raise funds for this red-planet-veggie project.

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(via Engadget)

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