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This article was published on January 10, 2013

Good news! Elon Musk will let you eat meat on Mars (Update: Maybe not)

Good news! Elon Musk will let you eat meat on Mars (Update: Maybe not) Image by: Simon Oxley
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Update at foot of post.

Here’s some good news for inter-planetary meat eaters. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has clarified his position – omnivores will be allowed onto the Mars colony he is planning.

“Recent articles in the press have said that I think Mars is for veggies only. Not so! Am in favor of freedom of diet,” he said on Twitter.

The confusion comes from an earlier report that said Musk would only allow vegetarians onto the Mars settlement. He hopes to establish a colony for 80,000 space pioneers to live on the red planet.

Musk also joked that he is not a “kale-eating overlord”, as suggested by The Jane Dough.

In all seriousness, he does have high hopes for a Mars colony. If anyone can do it, it’s Musk. His SpaceX startup recently became the first private company to fly a resupply mission for the International Space Station. As of last May, SpaceX had $4 billion worth of launches lined up.

He said last year that he hopes families will be able to travel to the planet by 2025 for less than $500,000. If you’re paying half a million dollars to get there, you better damn well be able to eat what you please.

UPDATE: Musk has now created more confusion by deleting his tweet (although he’s kept the one about kale). What is it Elon? Can we eat meat on Mars or not?

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