Questions tagged [agriculture]

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Only Three Books: Kickstarting grain production after civilization collapses

Global plagues have dropped the population to 1 billion and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick start ...
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What would be the most efficient way to farm humans?

One day, a type 2 civilization with a taste for unusual meat stumble across earth. They then capture every human being on earth and take them to a planet where they are placed until they are ...
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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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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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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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What edible organisms grown in hydroponics on Mars will create most complete diet?

NASA has sent a crew of 100 people on Mars to start a colony. The crew was in cryogenic sleep during their trip to save food and water. And after the 6-month journey, they have reached Mars. My ...
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Where do we place a colony on another planet? [closed]

What would be the best place to put a colony on an extrasolar planet? This planet is earth-like, about the same age, and has sturdy trees that can be made into houses (demonstrated by the two people ...
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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 kind of plants grow on a stony mountainside, and how do you farm them?

There's an absolutely gargantuan mountainside, with a peculiar climate. It has roughly a kilometer between where the woods stop and the snow falls, where an equally large priory ekes out a living. The ...
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How does irrigation work? [closed]

I am not talking about sophisticated stuff such as central pivot, sprinkler, drip, qanat, aquifer based, etc, but more about just surface level irrigation with small channels and such. How widely ...
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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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Agriculture on Terraformed World with Slow Rotation

Pallas is a large planet full of vast oceans and islands. Humans have terraformed the planet so the soil and water are fine. The issue I am running into is growing food (there is no livestock, this is ...
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Diet on a Large Igneous Province

A large igneous province is a very large area that has been covered in igneous stone due to some catastrophically large volcanic even or something similar. In my story, a large, futuristic, city has ...
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Would vertical forest cities be unnecessary in a Galaxy wide Civilization? [closed]

Vertical farming would be great for us on Earth because we are running out of space to grow food, but in a Galaxy with tons of planets for space, this would be unnecessary, correct?
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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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Practicality of farming termites?

In some parts of the world, termites are consumed opportunistically by humans. I'm considering the possibility of using mound-building fungus-farming macrotermes as livestock for a culture of corvid ...
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How different are seasons perceived in a Mediterranean climate when compared to a North European climate? [closed]

My conculture is set in an area similar to the Mediterranean Sea, only it's almost double the west-east width of it, on a longitute around the same as Rome and Athens and a similar climate (let's take ...
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What do humans have that plants need?

Among other things humans are fertiliser. Orcs are capturing humans as slave labor and fertiliser. What do human bodies produce/store that plants need to grow?
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How would civilization develop on Earth-like planet that has no axial tilt? [closed]

Premise: Let's assume that this planet is in state of perpetual equinox, that is the result of no tilt to its axis and that this world orbits the same sun as ours within the same distance. From what I'...
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Reality Check: Winter Wheat Agriculture on an Ice Age Steppe World, No Oceans [closed]

Came across this wonderful site while googling my conundrum, so this past question is definitely relevant; can a water cycle exist on a planet without oceans? I'm looking for constructive criticism ...
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Would the absence of an axial tilt preclude the use of seasonal crops in agriculture?

I'm worldbuilding an earth-like planet with no axial tilt, in order to maximize extreme climates (like deserts). However, there will still be pockets of fertile land, which will be populated by humans,...
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Maximum height for a pump [closed]

We have a river at the bottom of a slope. The only arable land nearby is at the top of the slope. We can build a water wheel and turn a screw inside a pipe, so the pipe can lift water up the slope. ...
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Guano mines versus early artificial fertilizers?

Ok, so this is an very odd little question. I've been working out the economy of an industrial age world; figuring the major industries, trade routes, etc. I have a tropical region I was considering ...
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Middle of the food distance spectrum, plausible?

My Kepler Bb humanoids are in the middle of a spectrum that goes from complete hunter gatherer (and thus having to go long distances for food and rely on ketosis to survive) to complete agriculture (...
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Helping organic farms [closed]

What kind of laws & regulations would be advantageous to family operated organic farms and detrimental to industrial farms? Assume those could be legislated by democratic government in the ...
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How do you achieve the agricultural revolution without agriculture?

On a world I am building, the defining feature of the world if that the days last 9 years instead of 24 hours. This means that the species' living on the world must always migrate to keep up with the ...
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How to live underground for 1000 years?

How could humans survive underground for centuries? People have built multiple underground facilities around the world to prepare for a catastrophe. Just to be careful they overcalculated their ...
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Would large-scale, landowning farmers be able to run family farms? [closed]

Several thousand large scale farmers and their families end up as refugees after a decolonization war. They end up destitute with their land nationalized and their assets seized. The country that ...
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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 to survive and become self-sufficient in the nature?

Brad and his family are tired of society and the concept of money. They want to live a primitive lifestyle. They need a strong, comfortable and cheap refuge that will protect them from the elements, ...
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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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How could humans survive 9 month winters in the classical Roman era?

I have a world I am building that is similar to ours, and is set in the height of the Roman empire era. The main difference is that the winter is half the year and full rotation of seasons is 18 ...
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Could "soylent" or "body fuel" be mass produced cheaply without the reliance on agriculture?

I'm trying to figure out how a minimalist style society would work. Its secretive founders have been planning this since the 19th century, hiding in universities, influencing the young to attempt to ...
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What would be required to create a technology/system to replace agriculture? [closed]

I'm thinking of some sort of machine the size of a house or factory building which produces nutrient paste/cubes/wafers/pills using some of the basic materials/chemicals and energy which are required ...
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Pegging currency to agrarian produce

Under the Bretton Woods system the US Dollar was fixed to gold. ($35 would get you an ounce of gold if you were there.). This obviously created problems when gold became rarer and rarer; the American ...
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What chores and projects would exist around an off-the-grid house in the middle of a forest? [closed]

Imagine an old, decrepit victorian house in the middle of a forest. It is inhabited by a small family ages 8 to 25. The setting is the near future with no major differences from the real world (at ...
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How do we get efficient food production in a post-oil (hydrocarbon) society using as little space as possible?

I asked a similar question a small while ago. Unfortunately, the way the problem was defined excluded certain viable solutions. So I want to try again. The society would have to be complex. Perhaps a ...
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Is it possible to synthesize a nutritional food source entirely from electricity to replace land based agriculture?

Lets say you have a geothermal or nuclear power plant and nearby you have system which converts that energy into nutrient porridge. This nutrient porridge must have everything the human needs to ...
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Would agriculture cease to exist after the proliferation of replicators?

In a distant future, humans have colonized every corner of the solar system, and we can easily convert any object into anything else - be it food or a tricorder, you name it. Using these replicators ...
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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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Land Requirement for Island City

What would be the land requirement (in acres) for both farming and housing to sustain a society in this scenario: Small city of 1000 humans living on an island Medieval setting Mostly self-sufficient ...
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Ultra-Modern Farming Techniques in the Middle Ages [closed]

If we journey back to the year 700 (I dont't know quite a lot about that time besides that it was the middle ages and their crappy hygiene, farming techniques and living standards) we come across very ...
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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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Efficiency of Aquaculture in a Neolithic Society

Being inspired by the lovely concept art of Star Trek's Nibiru, I have long thought that the Nibirans would use the tiered pools for aquacultural purposes, and would like to implement tiered ...
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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 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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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 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 much land would it take to feed 1,000,000,000,000 people? [duplicate]

In my world , the Pan-Human Empire finally boasts a total area of 10,000,000,000 miles , and a population of 800 billion. They are "only" 200 billion people left to be born until the empire finally ...
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Would a decentralized food system be a better option for the world?

The current food system has many flaws. To list just a few: 1) The food industry is almost completely centralized, meaning that it's being controlled by a handful of multinational corporations that ...