Mars needs seitan

There will be no bacon on Elon Musk's Mars. UPDATE:Elon Musk would like you to know that he is not trying to be the Emperor of Mars and has no authority to ban meat there. (Thanks Carl Franzen!)


  1. 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.

    1. 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 … 

      1. Dissolving good red meat into crackers would be a terrible waste.

        I’m talking To Serve Man, Hellas Basin Edition.

        All those vegetables . . . well, you need them to boil along with the bones for soup stock, right?

  2. Also:

    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.

      1. 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.

        1.  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.

          1. 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.

      2. 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….

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

  3. 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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