Why space for
Sustainable Food Solutions?
Space and Low Earth Orbit in particular offers unique assets
- Little gravity
- Extreme conditions through space exposure
- Unique vantage point
- Limitless inspiration
Space and microgravity allow
for a better understanding of stress mechanisms of plants and plants adaptation to a new
environment never before experienced. Better understanding on plant growth and plant stressors
may allow for new varieties more resistant to climate change or to increased plant yield.
Indoor growing technologies and better vertical agriculture techniques can be tested in a
space environment and can serve both terrestrial as well as space solutions.
The unique vantage point of space and Low Earth Orbit provides the agricultural
community unique perspectives on sustainable crop production and water usage.
The Earth data from Space can help precision agriculture, food production and food waste management.
Digitalization and access of the food system via space through Big Data, AI, IoT can allow for a
demand-driven and resource efficient food production and for increasing traceability.
Or does space inspire new solutions such as 3D food printing or cellular agriculture,
also relevant for extreme environment outposts and expeditions, on Earth and in Space?