What do you think our astronauts will be eating on Mars?


The same thing that we should be eating here today — Whole Plants

There won’t be two giraffes or two elephants on our modern Noah’s ark. But there will be lots of veggies, seeds and knowledge.

I saw a sci-fy doomsday movie recently that inspired me to think about what it would be like to be among a group of 2,000 humans who landed on planet Earth—five years after all human life had been destroyed by a huge comet.

On board our modern-day Noah’s Ark would be a great number of very smart people along with many gigabytes of scientific information that would enable us to build a new civilization on planet Earth.

One of the first orders of business on our new planet would be to establish a means of feeding ourselves. While on our journey, we would have been eating nothing but plant-based foods for the past five years. So what do you suppose we would want to start eating when we stepped off that spacecraft?

Do you think we’d start shooting deer and cooking them for our first big Thanksgiving feast? Do you think we’d start trying to domesticate a few million cows and chickens so that we could start drinking cow’s milk and eating chicken eggs?

The answer is NO. We’d simply establish a feeding model similar to the one that NASA had established for our five year journey. The same one that NASA is actually developing NOW for the first manned Mars mission (20 years from now), as described in two source articles below:

From TheWashington Post article: Already, Cooper’s team of three has come up with about 100 recipes, all vegetarian because the astronauts will not have dairy or meat products available. It isn’t possible to preserve those products long enough to take to Mars — and bringing a cow on the mission is not an option, Cooper jokes.

From the other article. Next time NASA sends astronauts to Mars in the 2030s they won’t be eating freeze dried food or liquid meals. That’s so last millenium. On their projected mission to Mars, NASA astronauts will eat 100% vegan meals complete with fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the spaceship.

The six to eight astronauts that will participate in the Mars mission will require enough food for three years. Mars is so far away that NASA won’t be able to send food every six months like they do for the International Space Station. Neither will they be able to preserve meat or dairy for such a long period. according to senior research scientist Maya Cooper.

Not gonna be any dairy cows, laying hens, pigs, turkeys or beef cattle on Mars—Nt now, not in 2030, NOT EVER.

Reading these articles got me to thinking about how simple it would be to develop a healthy, green and sustainable feeding model—if we were starting from scratch. Likewise, it would be easy to design a new healthcare model—if we were starting from scratch.

The problem is that there are billions of people’s habits to change and their are trillions of dollars on the line. And that makes things VERY, VERY COMPLICATED.

This 3-minute video illustrates the detailed planning that is now taking place for a mission to Mars in the 2030’s. Too bad there is no similar effort to transform the way we’re eating today—transforming it to a diet style that promotes health, eliminates 80% of our healthcare (disease care) system and enables our planet to sustain human life indefinitely.

The Bottom Line. You may notice that the researchers still have no clue that we don’t “need” animal protein. The only reason they’re not putting it into the Mars Menu is because there’s no way to produce it on the spaceship OR on the Mars surface. Although we think we are so smart; there is OH so much more that we need to learn—that we must learn—in order to preserve the longterm sustainability of the human race.

Guess what? We don’t need twenty years to decide what we should be eating now. We just need to get real serious about two words: WHOLE PLANTS. Do so now, your health will be rewarded and your future descendants just may have a chance to make it to the next millenium.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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One Response to What do you think our astronauts will be eating on Mars?

  1. Leo S. says:

    We still have much to learn about living well on earth. They have their work cut out for them. Remember Biosphere 2?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biosphere_2#Pilot_experiments

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