Canada Scraps Space Food Program, Launches Jerky Instead

Travel News — By Ben Van Loon on July 20, 2010 at 9:20 am

Space food is routinely understood to be healthy, giving you nutrients you need to survive in an economic and efficient manner. Space food is what happens when you marry technology and eating, – space food needs to be appropriate for zero-gravity, and a s a result, it’s not the cheapest to produce.

There was news out of Montreal about a federal space-food program which, over time, cost around $400,000. It was a two-year project, which started in 2006 with a $65,000 grant from the Canadian Space Agency, to help Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada workers develop ‘Good Tasting Foods for Space Travellers.’

The project was off to a tasty start – Bison meatloaf, wild mushroom sauce, beef and barley soup, maple cookies, green vegetables, and a few other items [Ed. note: I can has Canadian Space Cuisine?]. Unfortunately, After all the work and preparation, the only thing that passed the NASA taste tests (what a cool job that would be) were Canasnacks – blueberry, cranberry, maple cookies.

The politics continued, as did the research, but too many cooks spoiled the space-broth and opinions clashed, and the timer wound down on the project. Canada eventually ended up contributing some ‘off-the-shelf’ foods, like smoked salmon and more cookies, when it was all said and done, the program was $400,000 in the hole. In an attempt to make up for their lack of success in food preservation and space taste engineering, the program opted for the good-old-fashioned space-standby – beef jerky. It keeps forever, doesn’t need refrigeration, and doesn’t taste half-bad, even in zero-gravity.

Food is just one of the many issues in the space program, which will need more than beef jerky to stay active.

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