Personal Notes : The Genesis cycle is a preambule for the future colonization of distant exoplanets. For it to succeed it has to be tested here first in the most efficient manner, in the harshest environments.
Once we have reached that area of expertise in being self sufficient in water, food and energy, we can be looking towards embarking portable systems to other systems exoplanets.
Its quite bold, but that where I see this going to, towards space exploration, however this space technology has to be tested here first, as well as on zero gravity environment such as the ISS (International Space Station)
I believe there has already been tests with hydroponics systems.