The Russian invasion of Ukraine arrived when global supply chains were already feeling the COVID shock, leading to wheat being a hot commodity.
The space wheat represents “the first true foray into studies involving space-based agricultural cycles.”
“Diversity in grains is key for a sustainable food future,” says scientist Abi Glencross, who wants more people to eat older, genetically diverse crops. “Look at the Irish Potato Famine. That’s a prime example of a severe lack of diversity."
But that's really just our best guess.
British researchers claim the new GM wheat crop can photosynthesize more efficiently to produce higher yields.
“Our relatively rosy view that climate may not be a major threat on global production is looking increasing like wishful thinking.”
“We’re using the seeds as a way to talk about challenges within the food system,” says Amy Franceschini, one of the artists involved in the project.