Mars needs seitan


25 Responses to “Mars needs seitan”

  1. franko says:

    whoohoo! my chances just increased. now i just need to scrape up $500,000

  2. bodly says:

    Guess I won’t be going to Mars.

  3. soylent_plaid says:

    Careful Elon, we all know what happens when you mix Mars and seitan.

  4. Jacob Ewing says:

    Interesting.  As self-indulgent as it first sounds, it makes sense if you consider how expensive meat really is.
    Transporting it would cost a fortune (by mass alone, not to mention care if you want to bring it there alive).  Also, even if you could afford to bring it there alive (maybe a few hundred chickens for breeding), meat is a very expensive and inefficient medium through which to get your energy.  It adds another layer of lost energy, water, etc.

    • Yup. I think this is funny because it’s kind of being framed as “Boy, Elon Musk sure hates meat!”, when it’s really just logical (even to someone like me who loves bacon). Meat requires more resources to produce than plant-based food. When your resources are super limited … 

  5. Chuck says:

    Is this an indicator of what kind of dark kingdom is going to be established on Mars?

  6. Stefan Jones says:

    Of course, there WILL be a source of meat on Mars even if no one brings livestock.

  7. timquinn says:

    Trying to appeal to the porcine expatriate crowd. 

  8. crankypage says:

    Maggie – current leader, Headline of the Year. Beautiful.

  9. TheOven says:

    Until we learn to grow it in vats.

  10. Stefan Jones says:


    No pets.

    No lying on the grass under open skies on a warm summer day.

    No standing on the beach and seeing a seal bobbing up and down in the waves staring back at you.

    • No Swedish Fish (probably). 

      No slightly stale Cadbury Cream Eggs. 

      Really, you can pretty much write off the entire Candy Hierarchy. 

      • ldobe says:

        You can drink glucose straight from the IV bags. It’s not half bad. It’s not candy necessarily, but it’s edible and sweet, and probably would be on a Mars bound ship.

        • Aloisius says:

           Why wouldn’t you just transport solid glucose, fructose or sucrose? Seems kind of silly to mix it with water and then package it in little bags.

          • ldobe says:

            Yours makes more sense. I just know that any ship to Mars would have medical supplies, and in the hospitals I’ve done IT work for, they keep glucose solution in 1liter IV bags just stored in closets all over the place.

            It was premixed (I assume it’s better for emergencies that way). I suppose on a spaceship, you’d want to save the mass and volume.

      • bcsizemo says:

        No slightly stale Cadbury Cream Eggs.

        As long as the chocolate shell is intact and kept at a fairly stable temperature and humidity they keep for a fairly long time.

        I’m still eatting on some Cadbury “Scream” Eggs from Halloween….

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Somebody will smuggle a ferret.  Everybody knows that ferret owners don’t have to obey the rules.

  11. What would the pigs eat?  Scrub Holum ?

  12. rodstewart says:

    But what happens when David Lister smuggles a cat into his quarters inside of the mining complex in which he is employed?

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