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How many acres of land would be needed to feed 60 people? [duplicate]

If there are 60 people living in a village, using the following crops and livestock, how much land would be needed to feed them all? How many of each crop/animal would be needed? Primary foods: Corn (...
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What would crops and livestock look like if farmers tended to breed the least desirable members of their crops and livestock?

I understand that domestic crops tend to have larger and more appetizing edible parts than wild counterparts because humans tend to desire plants with larger edible parts and so so breed them to have ...
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Soil Types Sanity Check

I'm in the process of making a strategy game. I am using the FAO soil classification system for handling soils; the soil in a given tile has four characteristics: production limit (how much food you ...
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Would a futuristic civilization still use animals for ground transportation?

I'm building a fantasy/scifi world, that is set in the distant future,probably in the 10,000's with extremely advanced, basically reality warping technology that allows for things like FTL travel and ...
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Designing the best Meat livestock [closed]

I have been wondering what would be the best animal to produce meat, excluding insects and artificial meat. The following questions are meant to provide ideas: Would it be better for it to be an ...
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Labour-Intensive staple crop

I am trying to design a staple crop (preferably grain or tuber, but can be anything if necessary) that is very productive, capable of sustaining great population densities, but is also very labour ...
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How many humans would it take to fill a vat that is 55.5 feet long, wide, and tall full of blood? [closed]

So I am in the process of building this world where this huge(1,296 ft. long) vampiric, demonic(maybe), dragon imprisons(well, its offspring does) humanity in dreamworlds that allow them to farm their ...
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What would be the most efficient way for vampires to farm human blood? [closed]

A bit of background to the question. Vampires are rare in human kingdoms and are hunted down, and the technology level across the world is around the 17th century level in terms of our world, since ...
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Which animals do nocturnal humans prefer as livestock? [closed]

Imagine humans as predominantly nocturnal, save the occasional day lark. They have eyes like strepsirrhine primates that grant improved low-light vision but inferior day-vision. For the purposes of ...
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What would be an appropriate size for an interplanetary bulk cargo ship?

I've been working with a friend to design a sci-fi setting for a TTRPG campaign and one of the issues I've run into is the scale of food production and transportation within the setting. In the ...
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Solutions for an Aquatic Race to Harvest the Sugar Under Sea Grass Meadows

So it turns out that there’s billions of Coca Colas’ worth of sugar released into the rhizosphere beneath sea grasses. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220502120422.htm I have a race of ...
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What earth crops could be grown on a high gravity (1.5-3g) planet?

I feel like there must be a lot of factors here from the actual structural rigidity of the plants, to how well capillary action functions in higher gravity, to how well cellular mechanisms such as ...
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Velociculture viability (Los Raptors Hermanos)

Assume we managed to revive the famed velociraptor. The real one, which is the size of a turkey, not the movie version. How viable would it be to breed them for human consumption? I've reviewed the ...
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How efficient would meat plants be?

Eating meat is inefficient. With each step in the foodchain you lose anywhere between 50 to 90% of the energy. So as a human trying to be efficient you want to have the least steps between you and the ...
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In what sort of lands could I install my people? [closed]

Here is the plot: in a society close to earth and humans, but with medieval-like technologies, there is a group of people that is regularly migrated to a new place where it should installed itself. ...
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What is the best non open-air farming method for a country in an environmentally degraded planet?

The surface and skies of Earth have been heavily polluted through various issues. Climate change, war, biological/chemical warfare, nuclear weapons etc. The sky is blanketed in a permanent semi opaque ...
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Can we use consistent ashfall to help reclaim or create topsoil?

Earth has reached a point of significant desertification due to issues such as climate change, deforestation, pollution, etc. Because of this there's significant topsoil loss across the planet. What's ...
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If a planet wide mist/thick cloud layer covered the planet that let little sunlight through, what does large scale farming look like?

Imagine a thick layer of clouds, mist, ash etc of sorts that blankets the higher atmospheres of a planet such that nights are nearly pitch black and daylight is range of greyish (think of a heavily ...
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Why would a near future society struggle to grow crops on a large level?

I have a world where its mostly in ruins. But its run practically by corporations and smaller factions. A large part of the world is recovering from ecological collapse, massive pollution that travels ...
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What would be the ideal conditions for a farm-world?

As title says, but for added context, here goes: The setting is a rather intricate take on hard-magic meets science-fiction, and takes place in a highly advanced milky way populated mostly by humans ...
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Could medieval Native Americans domesticate the bison?

In an alternate universe where Eurasia is less advanced and the native peoples of the Americas and Australia build powerful civilizations, what animals could be domesticated that weren't domesticated ...
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How can crops survive in a desert where it's over 110 degrees... in the Winter?

Some folks I write about live in a series of mutually-supporting, mostly self-sustaining agricultural stations/colonies on the edge of a desert, and are attempting to turn said desert greener. ...
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How can farming be used to gain energy that powers a crystal?

This is for the video game I'm developing called Skullborn. In this game there are large crystals that have energy that the player can harness. Claiming a crystal is essentially how the player claims ...
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Could animal husbandry in space ever hold economic value?

Could animal husbandry ever have any economic value as a space-based industry? We are already on the cusp of lab-based meat that is grown as an alternative industry, but would the practice of actually ...
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How much would this alien parasite increase crop yields?

It is a bizarre prokaryotic flowering plant parasite which has graphene reinforced cell walls and is so distinct from all other organisms to warrant placement in its own domain of life (indeed it only ...
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How do you farm flies?

Fly meat is likely a more efficient source of protein than traditional livestock, such as cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and the like, in that: Flies can feed on essentially any biomatter, including ...
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Maximizing crop yields

Ladies and gentleman, today we were summoned by the Agro-nerd council with one unique mission: we must take a single acre of land and feed the largest amount of people possible. But this isn't your ...
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Irrigation in ancient societies [duplicate]

In what kinds of environments would the irrigation of crops require authoritarian governments ? This would be about ancient pre industrial societies.
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How can I make my underwater crops more aquatic in nature?

In my fantasy novel, I'm writing about a society of merfolk. They're well developed and have city states, but they don't have very good farming practices. As part of the story focuses on this, I am ...
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How plausible would apple-sized raspberries be?

In one of my settings, the people have domesticated the wild raspberry plant, and selectively bred it for larger and larger berries. Would it be plausible for these berries to reach the sizes of ...
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Empire built and fed on mushrooms

Grass is plenty, bark is plenty, dirt is plenty. those 3 materials can be converted into a self insulating biodegradable sturdy but flexible material which is 60% pure protein by calories, 100 grams ...
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Feasibility of entirely self-supporting fortress

In a Medieval Fantasy style world, I'd like to have a city/fortress that is impossible to besiege, because they can produce all of the food they need within the strong city walls. However, I'm not ...
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Where to conceal a small colony in modern North America

I'm looking for help hiding a small colony. Imagine a few families, definitely less than 100 people, living in a small community together hidden from the modern world. They use 19th Century ...
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A group of 100,000 modern humans is warped to Earth-like planet with NO EQUIPMENT, how advanced could they be in 100 years? [closed]

Even if they have modern knowledge, how much of that is applicable with no equipment as they would have to build everything from scratch? Like, would they be able to figure out basic metallurgy (even ...
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What is the best-case-scenario for farming in the post-apocalypse?

Following the "Generic apocalypse-causing event" most of Earth's population is wiped out in a matter of days. The several hundred survivors of Metropolis City salvage canned food from ...
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Farming sense check

There is a highly militarized nation of 300k people between 0 and 60 years old – technology level similar to the Romans. For climate, think the Mediterranean with plenty of freshwater (streams & ...
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Which Crops/Other Plants Could be Grown in a "Tropical Mediterranean" Climate?

In my book series, the region around the capital city of one of my planets has a very odd climate: while it has the year-round warm-to-hot weather of a tropical climate, it also has an exaggerated ...
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Which Crops Could be Grown in a Subpolar Oceanic (CFC) Climate Zone?

In my fantasy series, the area the main protagonist is from is cool and dreary year-round, but never cold and never hot. For example, it never really gets higher than the 60s farenheit at the peak of ...
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Could mermaids grow algae with bioluminescence?

Bioluminescence can cause photosynthesis, it has been confirmed. But is it feasible to grow algae, or some other plant, by the light of bioluminescence alone? Is it technically feasible with existing ...
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Would a hibernating, bear-men society face issues from unattended farmlands in winter?

In a medieval fantasy world I am imagining, there are bear-men living in villages, with your medieval houses, roads and such. They also have farms with various vegetables, fruits and grains (wheat, ...
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Can food be grown on Mars at atmospheric pressure?

I'm wondering if the following is possible: Find a sunny spot on Mars Fix up the soil so it's not poisonous Put heaters in the soil Put a loose transparent tent over it to help hold in the heat Add &...
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What plant crops can grow using only 75% light intensity? [closed]

Are there any plant crops that can grow reliably well at only 75% light illumination?
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What are the easiest/most suitable fruits and vegetables to grow in an apocalyptic scenario?

My story is set in a sort of apocalyptic world, the main characters live in an old house and they’re too afraid to go out as there’re creatures hunting them. They obviously still need to eat so my ...
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Is there any food a nomad in a carriage-like transport can easily live on?

Let's say there are 2-3 people in a carriage (or van,boat, or anything with a similar size), constantly on the move, unable to hunt (because of reasons) and of course unable to stay in one place and ...
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Can fallow deer be used for milk?

Is is possible or easy to milk a fallow deer, is it a quality milk, and can it be turned into cheese?
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How would you farm crops that get their energy through darkness in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by monsters?

In a post-apocalyptic world, monster-like creatures have taken over most of the planet, and twenty years later, only a few clusters of humanity still remain with somewhat functioning governments, and ...
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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 to sustainably feed Las Vegas after the apocalypse?

I want to have Las Vegas be a huge, bustling city in my post-apocalyptic world. I want 6,000 people to be living there, at least, and I want it to act as a trading hub in the area, with plenty of ...
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A semi-habitable Mars and the differences between the plains and the craters

I'm developing a world based on a terraformed Mars, which was cut off from interstellar society and regressed to a pre-industrial level of technology. Mars has an ocean, but most of the settled people ...
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What magic system do I need, for medieval crops to skip over a few hundred year’s worth of selective breeding within a few months?

My medieval city, they’re having food problems. People just die on the streets clutching their bellies, children with skin sticking to their bones are a common sight, and there are reports of ...
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