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How much food would it take to feed 2 billion people, and how much would it cost? [closed]

I have a space station, very very big space station. It has approximately 2 billion people on it. How much food, approximately, per week, (three meals a Day) would it take to feed those people? Also, ...
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Best hydroponic crops to support an underground society?

So, in my world, after WW3, a contingent of American government officials, military officials, scientists, and engineers hid out in a specially constructed bunker, where they'd remain for nearly 200 ...
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Variations on the “Ginsu Shark” Theme--What Would They Eat?

From 108 to 73 million years ago, the shallow seas of North America, Europe and southwestern Asia were the haunt of four species of a genus of shark scientifically named Cretoxyrhina. The chosen ...
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Supplies sat in space for five years, are they still usable?

A travelling space fleet found an old militarized asteroid, with weaponry, space suits, munitions, and food which had been sitting there for 5 years. Is it still usable and safe? Guns- coilguns, ...
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Honey as a form of currency?

I was watching Shoddycast's video on the value of bottle caps as currency in Fallout 4 today, and after having read part of Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance earlier this morning, my mind started ...
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Self cannibalism - Why no fat?

I'm creating a species of beings that are able to eat part of themselves when they are starving. In a sense, Earth animals do this already by putting on fat. When there is a shortage of food, they can ...
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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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What could substitute coffee in a modern post-apocalyptic society?

Context is the same as in a previous question. Summing up: a rebuilt, ultra-modern city state after an apocalypse where everything's produced in underground farms, and as such, certain commodities are ...
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Edible vehicles - feasibility now and in the future

NOTE: This question is inspired by my own answer to a previous question. There is no duplication. See What do stranded astronauts eat in space Scenario On a mining planet where there are vast deserts/...
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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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If a civilization could plant only three crops, which ones would cover all nutritional needs?

For example, beans and rice cooperate to make a "complete" protein, providing all of the amino acids the body can't synthesize on its own -- in fact, most traditional dishes that combine legumes and ...
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Minimum housing standards for Single meal self-sufficiency

In my culture we place a high value on self-sufficiency. This means that according to tradition at least one meal a year must be prepared from ingredients that have been grown at home. This is going ...
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What would be the consequences of mixed/blended food only? [closed]

Let's say you have been eating only mixed/blended food (but the food itself can be rich in nutriments) since birth during 15 years, what would be the consequences on the human body (and possibly on ...
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Dungeon-fed civilization - what are the consequences?

So, I'll start with a short summary: I wanted to have magic world with other-than-agriculture based civilization. I gave them magic dungeons. I'm afraid that there are many problems I didn't take in ...
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How would merfolk store and preserve their food?

I've been reading this question about agriculture for merfolk and more specifically the accepted answer. They mention the problem of food preservation only minutely. Now I'd like to pour that thought ...
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What should my kaiju eat?

So, strength is a bit unusual in that though he's a kaiju that's clearly inspired by Godzilla, he's completely artificial and was created deliberately to serve as a mobile fortress in The Union's (no, ...
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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 farming practices would allow the Earth to support a population as high as 200 billion

Welcome to the year 2170, the predictions of our grandparents were so wrong: The human population didn't cap at 20 billion, it went far past that. The global population is now roughly 200 billion. ...
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What could some alternative eating utensils be like?

I know it's not really all that exciting, but things like eating will be very prominent in the cultures and show up a lot in my story... In my world I want my race to have at least two different ...
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Would an obligate carnivore eat bread/grain?

Say I have a race of obligate carnivores (for simplicity, we'll say they're felinoid). They have carnivore dentition, and must eat meat as a major component of their diet, but they can also eat fruit ...
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Where would a technologically advanced group of people forced into space by a calamity obtain water from?

The fleet in my setting are forced to leave the planet due to a volatile virus, and leave in pre-prepared spacefaring vessels capable of transporting ten million people per ship. The ships have ...
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Would it be possible to build numerous spaceships that could transport 10 million people in the late 2100's?

The crafts would have to contain large farms in order to sustain the immense amount of people, and they'd obviously have to be large and spacious to have good living conditions. I did some research, ...
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What would a society of humanoid carnivores be like?

Suppose a species of obligate carnivores had convergently evolved human-level intelligence and body plan. How would this affect their agriculture/food production, and would it lower their maximum ...
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Farming after the apocalypse: chickens or giant cockroaches?

So let's say you live in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world. For whatever reason, this world is now infested with cockroaches the size of chickens (similar to radroaches from the Fallout games, but ...
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Is magical humanoid by-product allowed in restaurants by the FDA?

What steps should a monster take to make good of their ability to create food, without getting shut down by the Food and Drug Administration in America? For instance, a dryad summoning her own leaves ...
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How could the Soylent Corporation remain in business after their horrible secret has been revealed?

I'm the CEO of the Soylent Corporation, and we have a problem. Some cop just revealed our secret: Our premiere food product Soylent Green: is made out of people! (sigh) We're going to lose ...
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Is there a way to stop undigested food from leaving the body?

WARNING PROBABLY CONTAINS DISGUSTING STUFF So base of my previous question about will there complication to the body, especially the guts, if basically a single Senzu bean make a person never need to ...
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How much space would a city need within a ringwall to survive for an indefinite period of time?

I'm writing a D&D campaign and the premise is that a big bad thing happened and sent waves of energy pulsing over the landscape. A High Mage type character throws up an enormous wall, surmounted ...
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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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Is it possible to fabricate decent food from various types of junk and dirt?

Let's say we have fabricating machine which disassembles anything on molecular level and assembles again in different order. We know that food consists of proteins, fat, carbohydrates and vitamins. ...
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Could a Species Survive Getting Nutrition Only by Smelling Things?

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Astomi, also known as the Gangines, are an ancient legendary race of people who had no need to eat or drink anything at all. They survived by smelling apples and ...
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Food ingredients in the medieval ages compared to their modern counterparts?

One of my characters (who comes from Earth) wants to open a restaurant in a fantasy world. This world is currently in its medieval era. The restaurant would serve all sorts of modern food; deep fried,...
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Transhumans that replace eating with breathing

We are in a far future setting where humans (or transhumans I should say) achieved two things: be able to modify themselves genetically to the point where they can have completely different organs to ...
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A food item only made possible by time-freezing storage?

Premise: It's the modern day, and humans have various magical abilities through a runic magic system. One of these abilities, which I'm currently trying to visualize the implications of, is called ...
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Developed, highly advanced metropolis short on exotic foods

I have this setting, about an advanced city state in the middle of a sparsely inhabited wasteland/grassland type area. This state has the 90's level tech on consumer level, and a wide range from 90's ...
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The eating habits of metabolic wizards

If wizards had to draw energy from their bodies, using only existing biological processes and bound to vanilla human metabolism rates, how would they be inclined to maintain their bodies and diets to ...
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Feasible and rational way to give food and water to a prisoner?

There is a lord who is being kept prisoner in a castle tower by a griffin who has taken over his home, but requires the lord be kept alive for political value. Naturally this requires the griffin ...
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In what ways would cryomancy affect the food eaten by medieval people?

Cryomancy is magic involving the removal of heat from an object by converting thermal energy into magical energy, thereby cooling the object. The conversion to magical energy is not perfect (some ...
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Is popping corn still viable as seed stock? [closed]

In a very near-future (as in, assume no spectacular technological advances or changes to society) post-apocalyptic situation, would a group of survivors scavenging a store after all of the fresh ...
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can human sized humans feasibly live on an immortal dead human the size of Earth?

it sounds like it's an impossible thing, but what i mean is that the immortal is dead, but its body isn't decomposing. it has about the same atmosphere as earth as well. it could be curled up into a ...
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Digestive system of the “Ultimate Omnivore”

I'm designing a creature that is supposed to be able to eat "basically anything", within the realm of plausibility for what is essentially an organic creature. Its digestive system can be as ...
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is it possible for a kingdom to live off of rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, and chicken, and general food from foraging and hunting?

my question is literally right there. the general amount of people is about 2500 people. 1000 are men, 1000 are women, and 500 are kids. whatever farm area amount is required, I won't mind. as long as ...
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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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Food Production …IN SPACE!

One of the basic requirements for life is effectively food. One of the basic requirements of engineering is that we lift off with as little mass as possible. If we choose to explore the solar system ...
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How does Santa eat every cookie?

Cookies are left for Santa Claus every Christmas in nearly every home. How can he possibly eat all of them every year without getting type 2 diabetes? And if he likes them so much (for we know that he ...
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What plants would lizardfolk cultivate in this hostile world

Lizardfolk are sentient and sapient humanoid reptilian creatures with heights between 190cm and 180 cm. Lizardfolk are partially mesothermic, with most of the waste heat, their muscles generate, being ...
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Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would have ...
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Eating Titan's oceans

Imagine a Mark Wattney-like scenario, only on Titan and involving a decent-sized base being isolated instead of a single person. There is not, and never has been, the possibility of growing potatoes. ...
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Can a human colony survive on a 'hot' world?

A colony ship headed for its new home countless light-years from Earth suffers an unfortunate malfunction on the final part of its descent phase and crashes onto the planet. Thankfully, the ship ...
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Artificial food digestibility decrease

Good day fellers. My question is - how can one decrease the digestibility of consumed food? I mean, if two characters consume the same amount of the same food, the one with such ability will get ...

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