"Every great migration in history happened because we took our agriculture with us," says Robert Ferl, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research at the University of Florida. "When you learn to take your plants with you, you can not only go to visit, you can go there to stay and live." – From Fox News Farming on Mars? NASA ponders food supply for 2030 mission.
Considering the world’s growing population, farmers and ranchers aren’t the only ones looking for innovative ways to grow crops, even NASA has made it a mission to develop crops that will grow on Mars.
However, in the near term, most of the responsibility will still lie with farmers and ranchers. NASA’s next Mars-landing mission isn’t until the mid-2030s and there are several obstacles to overcome before then.
While researchers say plants can grow in microgravity, there are still challenges with both lack of sunlight and radiation. Mars receives half of the sunlight Earth receives, which means an energy source needs to be found to make that light available. Mars’ atmosphere also is not thick like Earth’s, which protects the Earth from radiation, creating another challenge for NASA scientists.
Even with these challenges in the article featured on Fox, farming on Mars will eventually happen.