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Questions tagged [food]

For questions about sources and types of nutrition for a living organism.

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Would carbon-based lifeforms be able to eat silicon-based lifeforms?

In the South Galaxy, the overwhelming majority of life lives on planets, breathes air, and is carbon-based. All sentient life is carbon-based. However, in the vast reaches of space, there are some ...
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Technology to produce food without land, what will happen with the land next?

Let's say we have the technology to produce all of the human food in factories without the need for land (i.e. Solarfood, Memphis Meats). Right now, there is about 50% of all habitable land use for ...
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What kind of food would be common on a tropical rainforest/ocean planet? [closed]

I have an alien planet with the entire world landmass arranged in two giant rings roughly 10 degrees north and south of the equator. Everything above sea level is beach or tropical rainforest. The ...
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The Stone-age Limbo People - How do they hunt wild boar?

The Limbo People (who are hominids with intelligence somewhere between chimpanzees and humans) have long survived by hunting wild boar. They use spears with wooden hafts and flint tips. They are a ...
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Which Cuisines Would Adapt Best To Space?

If you take all of earth's food and cuisines, which ones would be the mostly logically adapted to be made and eaten in a microgravity-freefall environment within the following constraints. Let's ...
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How long can an adult survive on pure carbs?

In reference to the classic Indestructible Edible Trope, how long can an adult subsist on largely junk food? I realize that "largely" is vague, so feel free to clarify as desired to give a helpful ...
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A large bovine able to digest almost anything [duplicate]

I had an idea few years back for a species of "cow" living in arctic/tundra climate which could forage on "anything"- in their habitat it would be mostly vegetation, wood and remains of dead animals ...
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Selling food to the enemy

The castle is under siege. The inhabitants are running out of food but have plenty of gold. The attackers have food supplies but need money to keep them coming. Does it make sense for the attackers ...
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Can I feed an entire population on corpses?

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. The world has become a barren wasteland that is inhospitable to the the human race, which has been forced to take residence in hive cities. ...
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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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Get trapped for a long time without food [closed]

A group of people get trapped in an unknown construction. Uninhabited. Nobody takes care of the place. There are no living creatures around. They were prepared to go inside and spend some time there, ...
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What would a vegetarian mermaid eat?

For some reason, my mermaids have gone vegetarian - ethics, the decline in fish species, or they’re just no longer in the mood for meat. The main issue: will they survive? They live in coastal ...
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What can I cook/create to convince a medieval person that I'm a magician? [closed]

Time reference: 16th-ish century. Magic does not exist, and the story is well-grounded in real laws of physics. Backstory: I want to convince the king of my country that I'm a magician (for reasons ...
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How can an individual that consumes the biomass of others not experience any weight gain?

An artificially created organism called a symbiote has escaped from a research facility and has infected a human host. It has given this human new abilities, including super strength, speed, ...
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The first McDonald's restaurant on Mars

The McDonald's fast food company is the world's largest restaurant chain which prides itself with offering (almost) the same standardized menu all around the globe... ...this globe. When humanity ...
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How long would it take for Earth to be eaten to its core? [closed]

If the Earth was edible, and was the sole source of food for its inhabitents, how long would it take for people to eat themselves off the planet? Assuming a biblical creation story (a man and a woman)...
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Feeding a population on sugar

Population: 50000 humans Average age: 46 years Forced caloric intake: 2400-2900 kilocalories for males and 1600-2000 kilocalories for females of which 80% coming from carbohydrates 5% from fat and ...
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How Would A Group of Undersea Explorers Survive if Their Food Supply Ran Out?

In my book series, a group of a few hundred explorers are sent from a planet called Ishgabangaloodoo to explore Sea World. Some things to know about Ishgabangaloodoo: Its citizens are referred to as ...
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Would it be possible to live on a yeast variant?

Would it be possible for a human to survive on a diet of modified yeast as seen in many fictional stories? Not necessarily be able to get perfect nutrition from, or live healthily on, but simply live ...
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What Would Be The Most Common Food Staples For A Tilted Earth [closed]

On this planet, which resembles Earth but tilted so that Africa is now the north pole and the middle of the Pacific is the South pole (the geography are quite similar to the world of Jaredia over on ...
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How to feed parity transformed John Doe?

We do not know how exactly it happened, but poor John Doe made a space-time trip along a three dimensional analog of a Möbius strip (a Klein bottle). He is now back on Earth, but he is now the mirror ...
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Food crops for a planet with short year

Kjør bestillingen 92 umiddelbart. Frøhvelvet skal åpnes, skyttelbussen skal tilberedes. (Execute Order 92 immediately; the seed vault is to be opened, the shuttle prepared)    &...
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Space vacuum food preservation

In a world I am creating, some people have colonized Ceres-like and Moon-like worlds - that is, they live in domes or underground, in pressurized buildings. The planets have no atmosphere for all ...
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What would mammoth meat and milk taste like? [closed]

In my book series, there is this planet called Ryu 108. This is a very cold planet, with a southern continent resembling Norway and a northern continent resembling Iceland. The civilization inhabiting ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

What is the malted liquor, what makes you drunker quicker what comes in bottles or in cans? BEER! In addition to being delicious, beer is ubiquitous. There is evidence of beer ...
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Could humans survive off a single food block

Could humans permanently live off a single food-like block, made of various edible materials, which contains all their daily requirements of calories, vitamins, and minerals? Preferably is there a ...
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Why do the aliens buy Earth whiskey instead of just downloading the copy and creating it themselves?

This takes place far in the future. The emperor of the star empire has a lot of things to deal with, that stress him out. The treaty with Xcarus is down the toilet, the High General has just purged a ...
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Anatomically Correct Zombie

As requested by JBH, I edited this question to fit the Anatomically Correct Series. The classic zombie is no mystery to anyone: undead, eats people and multiplies by biting humans. Could they ever ...
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Nourishment of cave dwellers? [duplicate]

My world is set in a post-thermonuclear war scenario. Most life on the surface has died, but a few humans who survived in underground shelters. Once the radiation levels reached a non-lethal level, ...
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Would sleep deprivation be an effective way of mass execution?

My army of kobolds (Small, bunny-like rapidly-breeding carnivorous creatures) captured an army of 100,000 human soldiers. The prisoners were transported to my massive underground prisons. My kobolds ...
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How long could an alien species survive at sea?

The species in question are Herbivores, bipedal in nature, around 50 to 80 pounds on average, and require around 2250 calories per day to stay healthy. The ships these populations would live on are ...
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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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The Diet of Space Dwellers

I've looked around the forum but didn't find an answer to this particular question. In short, what food could realistically be produced in a space station assuming current (or near future) ...
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Chemoautotrophs and human edible food? [closed]

Autotrophs are lifeforms that consume simpler molecules than the large protein, carbohydrate and lipid molecules that heterotrophs like humans ingest, these large molecules are made by autotrophs and ...
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What animal could be used to make imitation human meat?

So, a large family, called the Os family, open up a restaurant called “The FeedBag”. Built inside a repurposed banquet hall, guests can have all the finest, most luxurious cuts of meat available. Most ...
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Can a large animal get nutrition from minerals?

Lithotrophy is a phenomenon known from microscopic life, where an organism converts inorganic substances, usually minerals, into energy. So, we know that a single-celled life form can do this, but ...
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Would enabling a human to chew his cud make him lose weight or gain weight?

In a universe where humans can take elective surgery to render themselves ruminents, what would be the effect of that surgery in regards to weight? To keep things simple: The surgery involves the ...
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How long can humans survive of this diet alone?

So, my characters get trapped in a universe where Apes, specifically chimpanzees, rule supreme and humans are just wild animals. Like most wild animals, humans are often taken form the wild jungles ...
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Sugar-bomb tree mechanics

I'm developing a tree that has a peculiar fruit. Instead of having water in said fruit, there is nothing but sugar. The tree pumps sugar into a hollow orb which slowly "bakes," caramelizing into an ...
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Effective 16th century military ration system for particular fantasy race

A race of pseudo-humans army must plan a system of rations for a long campaign on a faraway land in which they cannot rely on foraging. The campaign’s expected to last something between a few months ...
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Convenient teeth for a bloodsucking vampire

So I got this species of vampire-creatures (no conversion of other species, just mating and reproducing in typical mammalian fashion) that subsist entirely on blood. I'm using a bit of magic to imply ...
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Can you make a meal in a cemetery? [closed]

My main character, and two other people are transported to a graveyard that they can’t escape from, at least not yet. No food was transported with them, but they do have these items A shovel Nail ...
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Making cooking require split-second timing

Consider a world in which cooking food is complicated by the need to employ split-second timing to prepare it correctly (for example, to prevent it from being overcooked or undercooked). This would ...
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Could you survive on all this food alone?

In this country, large amounts of the population are slaves. About 1 in 5. Most are used in construction projects, like building walls and aqueducts. These slaves have 14 hour construction shifts, ...
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Efficiency of Food Absorption

I have this alien race, lets call them Amorphs, to imagine just think of an amoeba mixed with a spook fish. They are surrounded by thick, clear, blue membrane with the internal organs showing, and the ...
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What’s the longest amount of time that a can of soda could stay fresh? [closed]

In the fallout series, people are often seen drinking Nuka-Cola, a rip-off of Coke. The earliest fallout game is 80 years after the war, the latest was 210 years. So how the hell could soda last that ...
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How to explain the lack of artificial pollination in space colonies?

My story is set in the future where space travel is cheap and humanity has colonized Mars and some parts of the asteroid belt. Asteroid colonies can grow their own staple food, but crops that require ...
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How to design a hyper-coffee plant

How much caffeine could you fit into a roasted coffee bean (that will later be ground and steeped) while still having a strong coffee flavor? I'm aiming for a super-caffeine boost -- something where ...
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Microgravity BBQ setup

The development of microgravity cuisine is an interesting topic, especially when it comes to transferring simple processes like the successful thermochemical processing of muscle tissues (e.g. ...
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Life without excretion?

Is it possible with some chemicals as intake for humans to completely convert the food/chemical to energy to survive? This is similar to when we are talking about clean energy where water and some ...