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What species would make good flying livestock?

Domesticated magpies will carefully watch over these flying livestock like smarter, louder, sheepdogs, driving away would be predators (along with the help of a much smaller number of domesticated ...
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Can Seals Eat Sushi?

In a story I'm writing at one point a kid's sitting on the docks and feeding the Seals sushi, and I'm wandering if that's actually possible, and what kinds of sushi they can actually eat or if it ...
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Feasibility of cold-blooded Livestock

The research I have done recently (searching through Wikipedia) has yielded that generally cold-blooded animals (Ectotherms) are able to survive on less food that their warm-blooded counterparts, and ...
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Edible Dinosaur meat

What would it take to have edible non-therapod dinosaur meat in a world where humans and dinosaurs have coexist since human civilization? Or would the human body or creativity find a way to eat ...
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How to make animal husbandry the only agriculture possible

This world is inhabited by carnivorous humans, how they came to be remains a mystery. The geography is typical of a post-glacial world (fjords, lots of lakes, valley steppes, all that good stuff) and ...
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Would the diet described below sustain a human?

In my world I need to feed a colony of Kobolds. I'm modeling my Kobolds' dietary requirements on humans. My question is whether or not the following foodstuffs would meet the dietary needs of human ...
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How to feed a vampire blood spontaneously

Suppose a common situation with a vampire occurs. They're short of blood, you want to save them, you need to deliver a moderate amount of blood to them to revive them but you don't want to be ...
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What could be the base source of sustenance in the underworld?

On the surface of the world the sun is the source of energy for plants and the foo chain goes up from that. How could a similar base for a food chain be established in the large world below? I am ...
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How would researchers on an alien planet be able to support their dietary requirements?

A group of scientists travels to a newly discovered planet shown to support life in the form of plants and animals. Obviously they can only bring so much food with them so at some point they would ...
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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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Is it safe to cook and drink human blood? [duplicate]

post titles that'll get me put on a watchlist A culture I've been working on has...interesting views on medicine. They divide the physical body into 6 parts, one of them being blood. Long story short, ...
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Insectoids and the concept of 'eating well' [closed]

In this project of mine a species of sapient, spacefaring insectoids exists among humans and humanoid species. The insectoids are puzzled by something in humanoid cultures- specifically the idea of ...
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How to eat raw chicken without getting salmonellosis? [closed]

I imagined a French professional chef named Simon Charles. His favourite meat: chicken. One day, he invents a new revolutionary recipe: chicken tartare. So, I wonder how to eat raw chicken without ...
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What is the minimum complexity of summoned "food" that a person could live long-term on?

This question is inspired by an another question which asked how long a mage could survive on pure water, NaCl salt, and sucrose, which they could summon. In taking this a step farther, what is the ...
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How long could a person survive on nothing but water, salt, and sugar?

Magic System One of my worlds has a magic system that allows people to produce any element, as well as a small number of molecules. When something is produced using magic, it spawns into existence in ...
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Could a newborn baby survive on a paleo diet?

Background Info One of my stories features the classic isekai trope of a person being reincarnated into a baby's body while still retaining their full cognitive abilities. The world they are ...
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Are mouthparts best placed on the head or the mouth? [closed]

Let there be a creature with mammalian dentition, with three types of teeth among its jaws. Its mouth, however, is in its stomach. Should this creature have its jaws on its head, or on its mouth? Or ...
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No-bacteria diet

Suppose there's some strange group that decided to try not consuming any bacteria (which are, basically, everywhere. and very small). On earth, today. What would completely forbidding the consumption ...
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How could a person make a concoction smooth enough to drink and inject without access to a blender? Is it possible?

I have this story where this dude turns himself into a mutant by saturating himself(drinking, cooking with, bathing in, inhaling, and injecting it) in this stuff he made with energy drinks, protein ...
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What cutlery would rotifer monsters use?

The rotifer monsters are monstrous rotifers with a roughly human level of intellect. They are roughly 7 metres in length and 2 metres in diameter. They possess the power to manipulate gravity, ...
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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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Would my giants still have a functioning appendix?

In my world, there is a species from the Homo genus named Homo gigas. They are commonly called giants. They are as massive as polar bears, and they never stop growing like kangaroos. They have seal-...
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Is it possible for a civilization that has fusion and has spread to other lifeless worlds to die out naturally if they lose their homeworld?

Key word in the title is naturally. Ignore nearby GRBs, supernovas, black holes, super powerful aliens, and anything outside of the star system that would cause problems to the civilization. Whatever ...
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What would be the easiest way for a fictional civilization to feed carnivorous mounted animals?

Many fictional worlds have their civilizations (usually the bad guys) ride some sort of carnivorous animal, usually something like a wolf or a creodont. Think something like the Wargs from Lord of the ...
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How large could an animal that only eats blood become?

Sanguivores, also known as hemophages, are animals that consume blood. They include obligate sanguivores, like vampire bats, or facultative sanguivores, like the vampire finches from the Galapagos ...
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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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Why do my Androids need to eat and drink? [closed]

What would be a good reason for androids to have a need to eat and drink (not necessarily human food)? The human body requires food and water in order to refuel and sustain itself, but in the case of ...
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Conditions required for a society to develop aquaculture?

While researching Kwak'wala, because I think the languages of the Pacific Northwest have this amazing aesthetic I want to mimic in some languages in my world, I came across the fact that the Kwakwak'...
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What is the Nutritional Value of Earth?

This is Timmy. It’s a massive planetary eating monstrosity (don’t ask about Timmy), who likes to target inhabited planets. On this occasion, Timmy has chosen to feed on earth. What would the ...
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What are the best food crops for sapient rats?

In the near-future, a hitherto-undiscovered island becomes a training and research facility for an unnamed nation’s military. One field of research taking place on this island is in the development of ...
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How effective would this spider's technique be in getting it food/shelter(for its young)/transportation/protection?

So I have this idea for this unique species of jumping spider. Basically it is around a foot long/medium sized hat size and has pretty big fangs for its size. It jumps on to people's heads and uses ...
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What foods might yeast-based agriculture produce?

George Monbiot and others have been advocating for something called 'precision fermentation', where instead of growing macro fauna and flora, we cultivate micro things like yeast to grow food. There's ...
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What could humans forage 75 million years ago in Laramidia (Western North America) and could the stuff I've found actually be plausible?

So first things first, I'm trying to put together a grounded cretaceous Western setting for a personal world building project. I'm aware of just how... Limited humans would be when it comes to diet ...
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How much food/drink would it take to properly feed 6 inch vs 72 feet people if the amount they need to eat stayed proportional to normal sized humans?

So say that a 5'6/6 feet person is shrunk down to action figure size(around 6 inches tall/12x smaller) or comes from a human/humanoid species that is naturally that size, how much food and drink would ...
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Would the flesh of a giant slug, which grows to the size of an adult micro pig, be able to be cut and prepared as a steak?

So basically I'm mapping out the kinds of foods a people would prepare whose main source of protein comes from giant slugs and the ranches that raise them and am going through the motions of how slug ...
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Justifying why a nanoassembler can only produce inorganic things

So, in the 24th century, advanced nanofactories are developed capable of producing any conceivable product; clothing, electronics, even nanotech, provided it is of inorganic nature. However, it is ...
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Would a carnivore that can only see in infrared be an effective predator?

I'm trying to design new animals. One animal I came up with is a type of nocturnal & carnivorous predator that is shaped like a very large wolf. This predator sees in infrared light instead of ...
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How would a medieval society look if food was not a factor to consider? [closed]

The Context To give a short context of the question, my world is called Atmos, and it's a world where continents float above a layer of clouds. They aren't just floating islands, there are landmasses ...
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What do Titanians drink instead of alcohol?

It is the year 274 After Singularity (2384 AD) Humans have settled on Saturn’s moon Titan and are adapting humans to the methane-rich environment through pantropy. The results are the Titanians: ...
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Could flower heads be a sustainable primary food source for a species of omnivorous lizards?

While they 'technically' aren't lizards, these are very physiologically similar creatures that are pretty small (about the size of a hand) and lead very sedentary lives, mating opportunistically and ...
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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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How can a species be fine with digesting poisons and toxins?

I have an alien species of roughly earthlike anatomy and biochemistry (so they can consume earth food, and humans would be able to digest their foods as well) These species have a trait that allows ...
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Carnivorous humanoids & the quest for a balanced diet

My fantasy world has a species of hominids that evolved to become semi-aquatic - their lifestyle is similar to that of seals & sea lions, spending much of their time in the water. Now - given that,...
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What type of diet would be needed to sustain the Seadominians and keep them thriving

I created this fantasy race called Seadominians, they are basically merfolk. They are mostly bipedal, have scales covering all over, and live all throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, also the ...
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How would one create a living pantry to use in an emergency?

A group of ~100 people working together have built a large forest secluded from the rest of society. The forest is ~70 km by ~70 km square. It has no seasons and can not be found or accessed by any ...
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Could the Malagasy domesticate the Dodo bird?

In an alternate universe where other groups explored the world before Europeans, what new animals could have been domesticated? In my alternate history world, the Malagasy that came to Madagascar not ...
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What would this animal's stool be like?

The animal is small, around the size of a rat or pigeon. Its activity level is on par with a rat, but it can fly and is rather more intelligent, and thus uses more energy. Their excretory system ...
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In a world without grasses, which vegetarian foods would be best suited for long-term storage?

In my fantasy world I am going for a Mesozoic-inspired biome, so I want there to be no grasses. This means no wheat, rice, corn, and the like. I imagine that the staple crops will be tubers, legumes, ...
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How to Feed a City with a Subarctic Climate?

The city of Civitas Sykofantia sits on the shore of Lake Sykofantia, a high-elevation salt lake the size of Lake Superior in the US. The lake is located on the Great Pagomenos Plateau, a huge ...
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Why would a rural village need rope in times of famine?

My protagonist needs food from a village during times of a famine, and all she can offer (or pretend to offer) is spinning their animal hair to make rope (nobody else has those skills.) Is there a way ...
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