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LIFE ON MARS; HMW get ready for colonilasation

Building an ultimate data set which curated by growth differences for each local seeds and leaves to optimize production quality& efficiency

Photo of Gonca Çamkerten
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Lead Applicant Organization Name


Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

ODTU & Growth Circuit accelerator The new agricultural cluster which is building by TC government Teknopark Ankara

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?


What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

We're from Ankara, we know and love that city. Ankara is the capital of Turkey. It's the most bureaucratic city in the country and also known as "the grey city". That nickname has not come from "just" governmental seriousness; mostly because of unplanned urbanization and the colour of concrete. But Ankara was a farming space before urbanization. It had very own wine yards and fields for edibles. Also, it was had too many specific kinds of green leafy which can be grown in that land. Still, have lands outside of the city which specific genre of tomatoes, grapes, etc. can be grown. But methods, seeds, and praxises had changed and they're not tasted as used to be. We are witnessed to the corruption of local production and know the importance of diversity and local knowledge of production.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

As we mentioned before, Ankara is known as "The Grey City" and the capital of Turkey. So there's a bunch of governmental buildings. Because of that; majority of the population (almost %50) is governmental employees. Also, the city have too many universities which including 5 of the best universities in Turkey. Because of that almost %30 of the population is students and teachers. For those reasons, Ankara is the top of the list at the human development index reports for Turkey.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth." We know that phase from Gretas' outstanding speech. Our world is becoming much more ineffectual. 2.6 billion people depend directly on agriculture, but 52 percent of the land used for agriculture is moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. Arable land loss is estimated at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Due to drought and desertification, 12 million hectares are lost each year (23 hectares per minute). Within one year, 20 million tons of grain could have been grown. 74 percent of the poor are directly affected by land degradation globally. Those are our facts now. These ratios are taken from the "Life on Land" goal which one of UNs' Sustainable development goals. At the intergovernmental panel on climate change, scientists have pointed out: "That’s particularly alarming when it comes to our food. Global warming has helped extend the growing season for plants in some parts of the world. But in others, the greater frequency of extreme heat and volatility of precipitation has damaged forests and food crops. Research also shows that more carbon dioxide in the air is making some crops less nutritious." So, we can't make an impact on ecosystem just by decreasing our consumption. Loss of the natural ecosystem forces us to get smarter at the production side. It's our first challenge world-wide. In addition to this, we miss-used our lands by corrupting our production habits. We wanted to produce more, wanted to produce fast, produce easily. So we used toxins, chemical enzymes, etc. Yes, that caused unhealthy products & destroyed lands but there's something else as much as important: we have forgotten our growth methods for local seeds. Eventually, the diversity of edible species started to decrease. This is a local challenge for each place. That alienation from conventional production methods unbalanced supply-demand ratio. And arable lands are far from cities so farmers needed distributors. That decreased the price of goods for farmers but prices at the cities have increased. Farming became a non-sustainable income option. So farmers migrated from the country to towns. And now, with the effect of Industry 4.0, parallel unemployment rates will likely drive people to go back to small urban greenhouses to create income options for themselves. We believe in this future. And we can not trust on supplying our demands from lands anymore in the future. In conclusion, our main challenges are; Disruption of arable lands Urbanization Devastation of local growth culture Rural depopulation Cultural deformation Unhealthy Diets Efficient new ways of farming

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

We are creating smart horticultural solutions to build up an ultimate data set which curated by growth differences for each local seeds and leaves to optimize production efficiently while keeping a variety of edible species. In our 2050 vision, everybody going to grow their own leafy edible needs at home. For that future to be true, we have to understand what is the main needs for growing edibles. Plants have 3 main parameters; the light, the habitat it has and owns nutritional needs. These 3 things are connected with each other and every one of them is different for each plant. In this context, if we remove “arable land” from that equation and optimize the process for plants, then we will be able to simulate their specific climatic habitats to make them grow as natural as possible in any kind of environment. Whether in Urban areas, Mars or in Arctic or Desert. If we create variable data sets for each process, this will give us a chance to grow our foods in nearly any kind of environment with the maximum efficiency which will be a “must” for possible Mars colonization process. On the other hand, this is currently a need for waterless, desert countries. The only way to make this possible is to maximize efficiency rates. The sunlight is the most important input for this process. And growing without sun lights needs precisely optimized spectrum inputs for every kind of plant to maximize photosynthetic absorption on every level. We call our future users as INDIE GROWERS. They are contributors to the data set, continuously helping us to evolve data and preserve traditional growth methodologies. For that future, we must create lightweight, smart & efficient home-use products. In that way, we’re going to collect a community-generated data set and analyze it by scientific methods via the power of A.I and computer vision analysis. Our Goal: Is to make food growing democratized. Purpose: Sustainable and accessible food production. Vision: Optimized plant growing conditions for the Mars colonization process. Vision Summary: By enhancing and supporting individual and local food production, we will create a cloud data collection process to optimize the food production process with the best of quality, efficiency, and sustainability. Roadmap: Creating lightweight, modular, smart, and efficient home-use products.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Prize partners


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Photo of Andrea Vaz-König

Hi Gonca!
Thank you for your presentation! Have you had a change to have a look at the toolkit and the tools provided there? It would be good if you could further develop your vision alongside the prize criteria:
Looking forward to reading and seeing more from you!

Photo of Gonca Çamkerten

Hi Andrea,
We just use "life on mars" title for attention. Our main vision is about building an optimized growth data set that includes every type of local seeds, and growth methodology to prevent discrimination & annihilation of Greenleaf species. We are creating products for collecting data from users, our growth data set going to be collectively produced by local users for them.