Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

Need to survive on Mars? Better pack the humble potato

Matt Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney, who fights for survival after being stranded on Mars. Credit: 20th Century Fox Film Corp.If you had to survive two years living off potatoes, could you do it? And more importantly, would this heavily imbalanced diet even allow for survival? In the bestselling novel, and subsequent blockbuster hit, “The Martian”, astronaut Mark Watney does just that, and I’m here to explain how. In case you haven’t seen the film (based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir, “The Martian” is the fictional story of astronaut Mark Watney as he improvises survival strategies after being stranded on Mars. In one stroke of luck, Watney is able to grow potatoes to compensate for his dwindling vacuum-packed food supply. You might be thinking, you can’t survive off French fries. How did he do it? More

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