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Feasibility of diet based on Fungi?

I envision a fictional future world where fungi become an effective means of recycling massive amounts of food waste (compost) with the help of genetically engineered variants. The genetically ...
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Delivering the Eternal Sausage

In a future world, well-to-do people have access to piped food that travels straight to their kitchens. Let us focus on one such food; the eternal sausage. My first idea was to simply force sausage ...
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With genetic modification, can we make naturally occurring popcorn?

I thought it would be interesting if someone made naturally occurring popcorn. Like if we made this genetically modified corn reached a certain temperature, the kernels would dry out and explode. but ...
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What is the calorie physical limit for a food? [closed]

So I'm making a story that mixes Greek mythology and science fiction, in the story the gods are genetically modified cyborgs that use advanced technology to trick mortals or normal humans into ...
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Would a race with greater muscle density need more or less food than Humans?

In my world, the explanation for Elves being naturally skinny is having a much greater muscle density than their Human cousins, basically causing them to be just as strong but far less bulky and a ...
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How Should Cuisine Vary Across a Geographically Diverse Empire?

The Argentolian Empire is a massive land that spans a region roughly the size of the continental United States. Located in the southern hemisphere of its planet, the north is generally tropical, the ...
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How would you run and operate an interstellar, multi-species cantina?

Out on a small planet called Vernar IV located in the Ghan’Shi sector of the Galaxy, there’s a small restaurant and bar called “Tuang’s Taphouse”, which serves food and refreshment to many species, ...
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How does a flying hydra work?

A hydra is a multi-headed beast usually depicted as a serpent in many mythologies. I suppose each head should have an independent brain and thus would each have a different wake/sleep cycle not unlike ...
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Pre-Spaceflight Alien agriculture Part II Predators and carnivores [closed]

This is part two of a question (link to Pre-Spaceflight alien agriculture part I: herbivores and grazers) last time I asked what would Agriculture look like for sentient herbivores, trying to figure ...
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Food With Life: Reacting To Humans

This is the sequel, per se, of Effects of Food With LIFE. After coming up with the initial premise and getting a very good idea of how humans would interact with living food, a problem came up: Would ...
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Effects of Food With LIFE

Okay, I know I'm posting a really implausible question, please be understanding.... Many years ago, a powerful mage went mad (occupational hazard; one does encounter eldritch horrors and reality-...
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Pre-Spaceflight alien agriculture part I: herbivores and grazers

One of the most important developments in our history as a sentient species was the development of agriculture. When our ancestors decided to grow their food instead of gathering it, it allowed us to ...
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Would a vampire still be able to be a practicing Muslim?

I had debated whether asking this but given the very good answers on this question I thought it would be worth a shot. I have a character in my story who is a vampire and a practicing Muslim. ...
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How does 15th century beancurd delivery work?

The setting is the early 15th century C.E. My grandmother knew how to make delicious beancurd and it has since become famous as word spread like wildfire across the land. Business is good, as many ...
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Non-human diet and toxic substances?

Various creatures have different dietary requirements and different tolerances for various substances. For example, felines need taurine and react poorly to citrus, while humans need citrus (some ...
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What kinds of diet/intake changes would be possible for a race with extensive DNA modification abilities?

I'm building some alien cultures for my fictional universe. One race has advanced technology and culture enough to have accepted, regularly occurring, DNA modification available (EDIT: regularly ...
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Could a Back-Pack slow-cooker human-heat-pump hybrid, cook food?

Could homeless people in a dystopian world, where combustion is illegal (to reduce particulates) and electricity strictly rationed, cook food by harvesting human warmth using a back-pack with a ...
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Can we live off hydrothermal vents?

I'm sketching a story about a rogue Earth (that is, Earth got flung out of the solar system) and how humanity could survive. One of the main problems is food. Hydroponic farms with grow lights are one ...
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What is the minimum viable ecological pyramid a terrafoming project would introduce to world with no life to make it suitable for humans?

An unmanned, AI-controlled, terraforming ship arrives at an earth-like planet (i.e in the goldilocks zone of its star, with a magnetosphere, an atmosphere, plenty of liquid water, earth-like gravity, ...
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Butchering meat from mutant giant rats and lizards?

So, in my world, there was a nuclear apocalypse, which resulted in two new species of animals, radrats (capybara sized brown rats) and geckos (3ft. tall leopard geckos) emerging. About a generation ...
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What would prevent an eldritch deity from gaining the abilities of others that it absorbs?

nyarlathotep, the Black Pharaoh, seeks to enter the realm of Earth to rule over mankind. Unfortunately, he is prevented from doing so by a barrier that blocks eldritch deities from crossing over. To ...
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World of All Sentient Races, No Animals [closed]

In a world that has no form of lower life forms, only "sophonts" how would society evolve? I'd say it applys to all animals: land, sea and air. But not plants. Probably. Maybe? Given the ...
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Food and cutlery for intelligent snakes

The intelligent snake has all the smarts of a human, as well as the accompanying desire for luxury and refinement in their life beyond fulfilling their basic needs. What they lack is appendages, and ...
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Are insectivores and carnivores viable to become sapient?

So, I had a species that primarily lives off meat and insects, but I came across numerous articles which seem to point out that sapience and civilization is near impossible without being omnivorous. ...
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Where would the best cuts of meat be on a giant insect?

Let's say one had a giant insect the size of a sheep or a cow that some sapient species was raising as meat livestock. These animals would have to be butchered to be eaten and cannot simply be eaten ...
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Could a human survive for up to 2 years entirely on these foods without severe malnutrition?

Can an adult human with no underlying medical conditions survive on these foods alone for 24 months without severe malnutrition? Here is the list of foods: Water Plain crackers Canned beans Assume ...
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How can I make the food of my (fantastical) culture believable?

I'm going through my novel in the editing stages, and I'm realizing how flat the culture of my food is. How can I develop a good food culture that is believable without drawing too much on human ...
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Long-term food preservation techniques [200-300 years, preferably in a form of MREs]

Question: How to preserve food (preferably in ready to eat form [MRE]) for 200-300 years on a spaceship? Bonus objection: preserve viable seeds for the same period Requirements MREs should contain all ...
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Portable replicator; the answer to some big problems?

So I was thinking about this TNG episode where Wesley and Picard are stuck on a desert planet with some other guy. They have no water, and no food. Then I got this idea: portable food and water ...
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Basing a civilization on maize, beans, and squash as staple foods?

In my world, an apocalypse happened, a nuclear war. Fast forward to the future. In places like Vegas, New Fresno, and Lost Angels (post-apoc LA) I was thinking about agriculture, and after doing a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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