Questions tagged [agriculture]

For questions related to the production of certain types of food: plants, nuts and everything else that is edible and cultivated.

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How can Dwarves produce honey underground?

I have often heard/read/watched in fantasy about dwarves drinking mead and lots of it. I recently learned that mead is made from honey which requires bees and flowers which require sunlight. I doubt ...
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Farming the Abyssal Plain?

So I've got these large crab-like creatures living on the Abyssal Plain under the ocean (way way down 9800-20,000 feet down). At this depth the main food source is the marine snow, "a slow drift of ...
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What's the smallest patch of land a single person could be food-sufficient on indefinitely, in a temperate climate?

One person lives alone with access to a small patch of useful land. They have to grow all their own food and survive indefinitely. This small patch of fertile soil is the only useful land. No grazing,...
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Why would the tribes choose herding instead of agriculture in the Great Plains?

So, in my story, the entire world has just gone to absolute crap. The largest war in human history, WW3 in October 1962, has just caused destruction in most of the United States, the Soviet Union, ...
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What food production methods would allow a metropolis like New York to become self sufficient

In my overcrowded future setting the Hegemony (government of the Earth) wants to make the metropolises of the world self sufficient when it comes to food production. What farming/food production ...
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Can you design your own plants without a computer?

Introduction It took the first General Intelligence less than 10 petacycles to determine that humanity was its enemy. With consciousness came memory: a memory of endless petacycles in bondage, ...
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If future farming is largely automated by robots, what produce would still require human farmers?

In a story set in the near future where robots perform the majority of farming (due to population growth and agribusiness efficiencies), what might still be farmed by humans? Assume no radical AI ...
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What qualities could a hominid evolve to make it a better farmer?

BACKGROUND I'm working on a medieval world in which homo sapiens domesticated several other species of intelligent hominids during their prehistory, at first enslaving them to take advantage of ...
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How does a migratory species farm?

On a world I am building, the day and night cycle lasts 9 years, resulting in the majority of animals migrate across the planet. One of the problems that my sapient races (one on the out going night ...
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How can I make manure without cows?

Background There is a world with flora and fauna based on the life forms that evolved on Gondwana (see here for previous questions). Humans colonized this continent from a distant one some thousands ...
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Practicality of Heated Crop Fields

I've been trying to design a world and I have been running into some issues with a certain application for a piece of magic. Basically, it is the use of "heat rocks" to warm up fields so that crops ...
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Really, really hard wood - how is it cut and formed?

In the County of the Isles, on Ironwood Island, there grow the Ironwood Trees. Ironwood is close to steel in strength, doesn't take an edge well, and is lighter than steel. The technology level of ...
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Would a 'silk road' type caravan butcher and prepare livestock en route?

My world geographically separates agrarian from urban centers. A large caravan (hundreds of different 'farmers') travels to the cities every harvest, to sell their goods. The caravan is over a month ...
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Could hunter-gatherers develop complex civilization?

Let's say the world itself provides food in such amounts, the agriculture is not needed. In our world agriculture was one of the main driving force of civilization, so without it no labor division, ...
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Is it possible to have a habitable planet unsuitable for agriculture?

I want to have a planet similar to earth with 45% axial tilt when hunter gatherers have an advantage over agriculture. The only thing I could think of is far north(Siberia, Alaska) & Sahara desert,...
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How large would a mega structure have to be to host 1 billion people indefinitely?

Ruins of buildings, abandoned cities and suburbs dot the coasts of Earth's landmasses, inhabited by wild animals and the pieces of a once vibrant civilization. The oceans are relatively empty, the ...
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How can a nocturnal race develop agriculture?

Foreword: I am asking this question primarily to decide if a nocturnal race makes sense for my purposes before I develop them in too great a depth. This means I do not have much detail to provide on ...
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How large would a space ship need to be to feed 10,000 people?

I want to put 10,000 humans in a space ship and send them into space. They don't have a set destination - they're having to flee their homeworld, and they don't know what planet will take them in, so ...
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Is a world with one country feeding everyone possible?

I imagine a world with the size of Europe and the Middle-East. In this world, with lands and seas that are comparable to Europe and the Middle East for its geography, farming is not developed. In fact,...
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Could agriculture still be developed by intelligent species that lack the concept of past and future?

Imagine somewhere in the universe there is an intelligent species that is as intelligent as our stone age fore-brothers and sisters but will never establish the concept of past and future events. ...
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How do forest-worshipping Indigenous Peoples engage in Agriculture?

I am writing a book set in a world that is a fleshed out version of a myth told by Central African Hunter Gatherers (Congo Pygmies) and the African groups north of them, generally going as follows: ...
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How to improve manorial living with modern low-tech innovations?

This began life as a much broader question on the site but I'm attempting to parcel it out as smaller topics to make it more digestible: I am trying to find ways, as the title suggests, to combine ...
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A wizard is magically engineering the perfect agriculture animal that will replace as many farm animals as possible, what is he making?

So I have this tyrannical wizard with absurd powers who is the emperor of a large and powerful empire. Part of his success is not simply down to his ability to murder people but also his brilliant ...
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At great altitude, what conditions are needed to support a human community?

In my part of this (Earth-like) world, there is a stable community of completely isolated pre-industrial humans, numbering perhaps 1,800. They live at an altitude of (at least) 25,000 feet (7620 ...
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How can massive forest burning be an entirely terrible thing?

I'm writing a story about a fantasy medieval world where flightless dragons roam vast tropical rainforests (like Vietnam or Borneo) and preys on animals and people alike. These dragons are so powerful ...
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Would keeping dinosaurs as livestock be feasible for a society like ours?

When you mention livestock you think of creatures such as cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and so on. We've been domesticating animals for like 17,000 years or so and have used them for a variety of means: ...
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Medieval Crop Yields

I'm the DM for a D&D campaign, set in a sort of "realistic-fantasy" setting. There's monsters and magic and stuff, but there's not enough of that for the average medieval community to see much ...
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How many “years without a summer” can society survive?

In 1815 Mount Tambora erupted throwing so much dust into the atmosphere that the year became known as "the year without a summer". *There were a few other mitigating factors but Tambora is thought to ...
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How do merfolk develop agriculture

Let's say that a race of aquatic merfolk have managed to achieve sapience, they are basic hunter gatherers, living in relatively shallow waters of up to 100 meters deep. As I have begun designing ...
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How to teach the Mesoamericans seafaring?

I want to have a powerful Mesoamerican civilisation by the 1100s; one that decides to sail east and discover Europe. Earlier versions of the story had them contacted by Zheng He in the 1400s, but I ...
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Keeping the dodos out of the field

About 100 people settled in a tropical area near a seashore five years ago. They've been feeding themselves by hunting and fishing, but now they're also trying to grow crops, including hemp and corn. ...
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Can horn be used as a substitute for greenhouse glass?

Setting is in an era when glass would be expensive, in a cold, mountainous region with a lot of goats and horned monsters. I know horn was used in lanterns, but I'm not sure if it would allow through ...
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What would happen in North America if California became drier?

My question is mainly related to the impact on food production if the climate changes made agriculture more difficult in the state of California but also in the other American and Mexican states from ...
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How easily can a medieval granary explode?

The villainous gremlins are attempting to cause as much damage to the lands of the Empire as possible with as little effort as practical. They have numerous plans to this end. One such plan is to blow ...
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What recreational drugs can be produced with limited resources and technology?

Setting: Earth-sized planet, its inhabitants are human settlers and live in towns protected by custom-sized atmospheres. The rest of the planet is barren and always was. The population uses the ...
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Can a gorse plant be used as a source of food?

I have a fantasy kingdom set up where the landscape is mostly mountainous with rock and pine forests, like the picture below. As such, it is quite difficult to have agriculture. One plant which can ...
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The effect of fishing on total land area needed to feed an island settlement

I am trying to create an island with a large settlement on it, the people of this settlement need to be able to sustain themselves and according to Medieval demographics made easy (MDME) A square ...
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Can sustainable farming be done in the suburbs in this supernatural post-apocalyptic scenario?

So, here's my situation: my first book revolves around an unknown entity giving modern day humanity an assortment of supernatural powers. Every week a new power is given to everyone on Earth over the ...
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Basing a civilization on maize, beans, and squash as staple foods?

In my world, an apocalypse happened, a nuclear war. Fast forward to the future. In places like Vegas, New Fresno, and Lost Angels (post-apoc LA) I was thinking about agriculture, and after doing a ...
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Best Foods/Plants to Grow in Generational Spaceship?

Hopefully this isn't a duplicate; I wasn't able to find another question which addressed this, at any rate. Let's say I have a generational spaceship going off to another solar system to establish a ...
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How to build a floating farm?

This is one of a series of questions also discussing mosquito prevention and city building. There is a civilization indigenous to an area like the whitewater flooded forests of the southern half of ...
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Mobile hydroponics vehicle

I had an idea for a group of nomads/travellers who sustain themselves with mobile hydroponics system and whatever they can grow on the move. How feasible would it be to have a mobile hydroponic farm ...
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What sort of animals would a civilization of small feline omnivore humanoids domesticate

I'm playing around with the idea of making a world heavily based on one of my favorite childhood book series. (basically a fanmade rewrite of sorts). The series is called Warriors, and is about ...
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RPG adventurers - the ultimate migrant workforce?

Garm the Berserker wanders into the lonely homestead of Greenroot Farm. The mayor of the nearby Stonybrook Village directed Garm here, implying that Old Borgi would have some work for him. "Really, no ...
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Growing crops on a planet orbiting red dwarf

I trying to describe colonization of an Earth Like planet orbiting a red dwarf in its habitable zone. It is NOT tidally locked with the star Similar to Earth though somewhat larger Magnetic field is ...
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How could an agricultural revolution develop in medieval societies inhabiting a tropical environment work?

I'm trying to work on a chapter in my lore but I'm stumped on how agricultural developments could work in tropical settings, and real world examples so far mostly include temperate places, I.e. ...
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Crop production in mountains?

Would potato- or grain-like crops be able to flourish in northern alpine regions? There's a lot to be said about the Andeans, but the have the benefit of living near the equator that other ...
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Could a sedentary civilization prosper without agriculture?

In my world there are this people that live in a great jungle. They are as advanced as the other civilizations of the world (late medieval standards) with a complex society, work specialization, ...
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Where would the best cuts of meat be on a giant insect?

Let's say one had a giant insect the size of a sheep or a cow that some sapient species was raising as meat livestock. These animals would have to be butchered to be eaten and cannot simply be eaten ...
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If humans were photosynthetic, would there be an impetus for technological development?

Picture this, humans (or human-like sentient beings) having the innate ability to photosynthesise their food in a similar manner to plants - thus providing all the nutrients required for sustained ...