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You can eat vegetables from Mars, say scientists after crop experiment

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Dutch researchers successfully raise radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes in soil mixed to match that of the red planet giving hope that settlers could grow food

Crops of four vegetables and cereals grown in soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat by Dutch scientists.

Radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes grown on dirt mixed on Earth to copy that of the red planet were found to contain no dangerous levels of heavy metals, said the team from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

These remarkable results are very promising, said senior ecologist Wieger Wamelink.

We can actually eat the radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes, and I am very curious what they will taste like.

Mars settlers would have to take their first food supplies with them and then plant crops in order to survive.

In the 2015 film The Martian, Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars who has to grow potatoes to survive.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/24/you-can-eat-vegetables-from-mars-say-scientists-after-crop-experim

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