COLLATERALIZING SPACE INCLUDES AGRIBUSINESS…WELL, MAYBE ...
It should come as no surprise that the collateralization of space also includes the possibility of increasing agricultural production by literally turning our celestial neighbors into farms. And the first target is.... the Moon:
Nasa to grow PLANTS on the moon: Space agency will sow seeds to see if humans could one day live on Earth's neighbour
Obviously we're a long way off from the idea of the Moon(or anywhere else), functioning as a place for agricultural production.
Note that the article mentions two things that are important flaws to the experiment. First, the seedlings will not be actually planted in lunar soil, nor will there be enough air in the container for the plants to survive much longer than five days (plants, unlike animals, breathe carbon dioxide, and give off oxygen as their waste exhalation). The experiment is thus merely to determine any possible radioactive effects on plants.
So as an experiment, I have my doubts about both the practicality and expense incurred, for such little result. For example, why has no one (that we know of) designed a lunar lander that could scoop up lunar soil, deposit enough inside a container, fill it with CO2, and then plant seeds in the container, water then, and observe the results by camera and broadcast them back to earth? Why not test the whole shebang, in other words, from lunar soil nutrients to radioactive effects and lunar gravity? Indeed, though my memory may be faulty here, I do recall experiments where plants were planted either in lunar soil brought back during the Apollo missions, or in special "soil" designed to resemble selenian soil. But nothing will suffice, ultimately, than a lunar test itself. So again, why bother with half measures like the above?
Indeed, with all the talk about capturing asteroids and parking them in lunar orbit so that they can be mined, this implies a permanent human presence there, and that presence will require a food supply, which could possibly simply be grown there rather than imported from Earth, using any "sub-selenian" water as may be found there. So again, why the half measure? Indeed, one would think that design, rather, would be underway for a "Lunar Plant Experimental Probe," i.e., a dedicated "greenhouse" probe designed to land, scoop, plant, water, and observe, rather than the half measure being described here. Either the description is incomplete, or... it may already have been done, privately, covertly, and secretly.
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Yes Mr, Farrell I heard of experiments using Lunar Soil samples to grow food and the plants loved them. This strikes me as another Operation Sliver Bug designed to make us sheepes drop our dreams of Star Trek Star Wars future. Though in the article it speaks off a sixty day about two months trial which is quite long time. What dog and pony game is NASA and it’s pay masters up to?
Seems like NASA’ marketing department has changed its name to “Dreamtime Department”, all these revelations are just dreams. These guys must sit round discussing what BS they can release without looking stupid. Well it isn’t working.
Given how long ago NASA released to the public LEDs designed to grow plants, I thinkk it is safe bet this work is far advanced in the secret space program.
The problem is, scientists, as opposed to people who actually grow food, don[‘t usually know that seeds don’t jsut grow in dirt – soil is a living thing compsed of thousands of different microbes interacting synergestically in a base of powdered minerals and organic matter. Dirt and soil are two different things.
The balance of all the insect and microbial elements is difinitive in determining whether things will grow properly (and healthfully), or at all. Our “green revolution” failure concentrated on using nitrogen to boost sized and protein content at the expense of the exquisite balance of life and minerals in soil and has created untold medical nightmares in the process. Crop and soil science is not a simple thing.
This is one reason why hydroponics does not work as well as some would like. Plants need the bugs and microbes in the soil in ways we still do not fully understand, and much of our efforts at eliminating microbes is backfiring on us.
Powdered moon rocks might make interesting additives to Earth soil, though, and we could certainly use Earth soil as a “starter” to innoculate Lunar soil with the proper brugs and microbes. (The Earth knows a lot more about “terraforming” than we do. Why reinvent the wheel?)
One thing is certain – if the secret space program is as far along as we have reason to believe, then they have already been working on this problem for some time. Food has been a major consideration in any exploratory expansion of empire. (“An army marches on its stomach” – Napolean. Also witness the Hudson Bay Company’s extensive research into pemmican to fuel 18 hour work days for fur trappers.)
It’s about time the much-touted “international scientific community” started to publicly debunk and/or decode the bizarre signals coming from this self-serving oligarchy that has a mentality not unlike the one portrayed in the movie “Elysium”…
While I don’t doubt the deeper implications of this project, on top of that it would also make the perfect federal government boondoggle– spend an inordinate amount of tax payer money growing food 250,000 miles away from Earth in bad soil with no carbon dioxide, with a work force that would have to be transplanted there at enormous cost, and huge transportation costs to ship the products home. If that doesn’t sound like the US government at work, I don’t know what does. Add on the extra costs of hiring minority and female contractors, as well as ensuring migrant workers are treated fairly and given proper benefits and housing when they are dragged up there. Include the tax subsidies for Moon farming entrepreneurs, add on the DHS, NSA and Department of Agriculture facilities that would have to be built there to keep tabs on things, plus the cost of flying congresspeople back and forth who use their job as an excuse to travel to exotic places, and you are in the trillions of dollars. And then of course there is the jewish lobby who will demand that the US government build a giant holocaust museum up there. And lastly, for that Moon carrot that cost over $1,000,000 to grow, there will have to be a subsidy to agribusiness who just won’t be able to compete with the prices of Earth grown foods, especially those carrots grown almost for free in your back yard. So this too will have to be curbed so the upstart Moon farming venture of big agriculture can be protected. This of course under the ruse that Moon farming is a consequence and mandatory remedy to the man made devastation to planet Earth (the devastation actually caused by agribusiness and its ilk in the first place).
And when it is all said and done, the entire multi trillion dollar Moon farming boondoggle will still wind up being a cover for the Breakaway Civilization to siphon money from the US taxpayers. And all those carrots believed to be grown on the Moon that the trendies will be paying top dollar for in places like Whole Foods, will still, more than likely, come from a piece of overused lifeless dirt, probably in Mexico or China (just like their “organic” food).