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Space for food (AMS Institute)

Space technology for sustainable food systems on Earth

The MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) initiative was started with the intention of changing waste into nutrients in order to support humans on long-term spacemissions. This same prinicple was used during the Space For Food project. Municipal wastewater is a great resource for nutrients and water reuse. The Space for Food project aims to use space technology in recovering nutrients and cleaning wastewater that can be used in food production using vertical farming. This will reduce pollution and make cities’ food systems more resilient.

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For this reason, the project will test a proof of concept using a raceway reactor for purple bacteria cultivation on brewery and municipal yellow wastewater (urine). The biomass will be used as slow release fertilizer and bio-stimulant for cultivation of vegetables. The aforementioned slow release fertilizer and bio-stimulant for cultivation of vegetables will be tested at a local vertical farm set-up by GROWx – reinforcing this closed loop system.

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