CAN: Guelph researchers to help tech development of space food production

In order to one day live in space, people will need to learn to grow food in space and three researchers at the University of Guelph will be helping develop that technology.

It's part of the Deep Space Food Challenge being held by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

'Think outside the box'
The idea is to use agricultural systems such as greenhouses, vertical and urban farms as already used here on earth, but transporting the concept on the moon. 

There was an open call to people from around the country to take part. Phase one saw submissions and candidates were chosen for phase two, which will see researchers get grant funding to develop a prototype of their idea. 

In phase three, selected candidates will be provided with funds to build a demonstration unit of their idea. The whole challenge and its procedures will take place for approximately two years. Graham and his colleagues have been looking into this research topic for a number of years, he said.

"One of the goals of this challenge is to innovate and think outside the box, come up with maybe some new ideas and ways to do things just a little bit better, or maybe a lot better," he said.  

Read the complete article at CBC News 


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