Wed 01-28-98 10:39 am


ITHACA, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’re interested in living on one of NASA’s future lunar colonies, you’d better like tofu.

Nutritionists at Cornell University are helping NASA scientists plan the cuisine for future colonies on Mars and the moon – and it’s sure not mother’s meat loaf.

The menus include carrot drumsticks, vegetarian tacos filled with something called seitan, tofu cheesecake, basil pesto with soy nuts and vegetarian Sloppy Joes.

One reason there’s so much vegetarian fare on the space menu is because the colonies will have to depend on farming their own space crops like wheat, potatoes and soy beans.

Only about 15 percent of the space food can come from Earth because of the obvious problems transporting food in space.

The nutritionists say that means space colonists will only get to splurge on food like chocolate, cheese and meat once in a blue moon.

CONTACT: Susan S. Lang (Cornell press contact); Ithaca, NY; (607) ***-****

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