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Source: freestocks.org

Innovative Indoor Farm Hopes To Bring Fresh Produce To Antarctica

By Tessa Love

Like many people, researchers in Antarctica want to feast on fresh, wholesome produce whenever the craving strikes. But for people who live in an area that is perpetually -100ºF outside, access to fresh produce gets a little tricky. Which is why engineers at the German Aerospace Center (GAC) are building a high-tech, 135-square-foot growhouse, capable of supporting 30 to 50 varieties of plants, and giving the snow-bound scientists an extra boost of nutrients.

Called the Eden-ISS, the farm is already under construction and will grow food for all who are stationed at the Neumayer III polar station on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf. Getting food to this region is not the easiest task. The only way to get food in is by plane or boat, and most food arrives dry or frozen. During the summer, for example, scientists may receive one shipment of fresh food a week. This farm hopes to change all of that.

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Source: DLR German Aerospace Center