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Q&A Could grow lights on a massive scale replace 100% of sunlight for 100% of the growing season?

In a world where pollution and population have drastically reduced the effectiveness of sunlight to grow food, would light-panels be capable of completely replacing the sun? The problem I'm trying...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by KalleMP‭

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Q&A How to survive and become self-sufficient in the nature?

Brad and his family are tired of society and the concept of money. They want to live a primitive lifestyle. They need a strong, comfortable and cheap refuge that will protect them from the elements...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Seraph Myrmidon‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What aquatic life would utterly deplete the soil of a specific nutrient?

In my story an area was formerly beneath an ocean or lake. Some form of life leeched the soil of a specific mineral or substance. Technology level is that of ~1700 Spain. Now that the water has ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user72058‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user72058‭

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Q&A Why would a spaceship rely on hydroponics instead of algae for food?

Currently, NASA is investigating the use of hydroponics, aeroponics, and other low soil techniques to grow regular plants for consumption and oxygen generation/CO2 removal on long voyages in space....

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Smith‭

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Q&A Feasibility of a Super Crop

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; a crop of exceptional yield and nutritional value. Would it be feasible for a plant to have ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A Feasibility of Giant Rodents as Food

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; it is consistently more efficient in its choices of crops and livestock. Rodents reproduce fa...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A 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 9...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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Q&A Could sweet and hot peppers come from the same plant?

One of the veggies that my Keplerians grow is peppers. I have heard of some sweet peppers cross pollinating with hot peppers making the sweet peppers hotter and the hot peppers sweeter. However tha...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Caters‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caters‭

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Q&A Could Megapodes be a Superior Food Source than Chicken?

The Megapodes are a family of birds in the galliformes order. They live primarily in Australia and are notable in being extremely precocial and laying more eggs than any other bird. They build larg...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A Feasibility Check- Is aquaculture a possible food source for my civilization

Inspired (loosely) by societies like the Gunditjmara and natives of the Pacific Northwest, I always have envisioned a system of aquaculture for one of my concultures, though agricultural studies a...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Antarctica07‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Antarctica07‭

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Q&A Can agriculture and megafauna coexist?

Some say that one of the reason humans developed agriculture is because megafauna (specifically the Pleistocene megafauna) were hunted for food to extinction and humans were forced to develop agric...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭

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Q&A Designing flora: placing herbs

So I have noticed that most herbs come from the Mediterranean as confirmed by this site and those that do not often come from either actual Mediterranean climates or somewhat arid ones. So my ques...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nierninwa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nierninwa‭

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Q&A Can an animal produce milk all the time?

So as most of you probably know, cows don't produce milk all year round for no reason, they need to be pregnant and then you gotta do something with the calves"¦ Now in my story that has an ecosys...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nierninwa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nierninwa‭

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Q&A Fertilizing desert in magical medieval world

Suppose there exists a magic-based civilization. Their mining techniques are medieval and their understanding of organic chemistry and biology are on the Enlightenment era level. However, they are ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭

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Q&A What's the minimal space/mass required to feed a human indefinitely with advanced technology?

I know there are similar questions on here already, yet this is different because I don't care about traditional farming in this question. Environment This meant for food production on interplane...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Crop production in mountains?

Would potato- or grain-like crops be able to flourish in northern alpine regions? There's a lot to be said about the Andeans, but the have the benefit of living near the equator that other civiliza...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cygnus X-1‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cygnus X-1‭

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Q&A How large would a mega structure have to be to host 1 billion people indefinitely?

Ruins of buildings, abandoned cities and suburbs dot the coasts of Earth's landmasses, inhabited by wild animals and the pieces of a once vibrant civilization. The oceans are relatively empty, the ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alex‭

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Q&A Keeping the dodos out of the field

About 100 people settled in a tropical area near a seashore five years ago. They've been feeding themselves by hunting and fishing, but now they're also trying to grow crops, including hemp and cor...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SarahWriter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SarahWriter‭

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Q&A What food production methods would allow a metropolis like New York to become self sufficient

In my overcrowded future setting the Hegemony (government of the Earth) wants to make the metropolises of the world self sufficient when it comes to food production. What farming/food production me...

17 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A Could a planet evolve to have jungles, woodlands, savannas and meadows - but no animal bigger than an insect?

I want to have a group of space colonists get stranded on a planet where the only way they can get enough nourishment is to gather or cultivate edible plants.

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Bill Bittner‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Bill Bittner‭

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Q&A 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. ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A How can Dwarves produce honey underground?

I have often heard/read/watched in fantasy about dwarves drinking mead and lots of it. I recently learned that mead is made from honey which requires bees and flowers which require sunlight. I doub...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Nikolay Arabadzhi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nikolay Arabadzhi‭

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Q&A What sort of animals would a civilization of small feline omnivore humanoids domesticate

I'm playing around with the idea of making a world heavily based on one of my favorite childhood book series. (basically a fanmade rewrite of sorts). The series is called Warriors, and is about ta...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sami No‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sami No‭

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Q&A The effect of fishing on total land area needed to feed an island settlement

I am trying to create an island with a large settlement on it, the people of this settlement need to be able to sustain themselves and according to Medieval demographics made easy (MDME) A squa...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MB123‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MB123‭

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Q&A Can a civilization arise around insect cultivation

Unnecessary Setup In my story, a race of gods arrive in our solar system from the far flung colonies of a Type III civilization. When they arrive at Earth and see the rise of hominids, they split ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭

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Q&A What do humans have that plants need?

Among other things humans are fertiliser. Orcs are capturing humans as slave labor and fertiliser. What do human bodies produce/store that plants need to grow?

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by WorldWeaver‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by WorldWeaver‭

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Q&A At great altitude, what conditions are needed to support a human community?

In my part of this (Earth-like) world, there is a stable community of completely isolated pre-industrial humans, numbering perhaps 1,800. They live at an altitude of (at least) 25,000 feet (7620 m...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mr Bumble‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mr Bumble‭

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Q&A Can a gorse plant be used as a source of food?

I have a fantasy kingdom set up where the landscape is mostly mountainous with rock and pine forests, like the picture below. As such, it is quite difficult to have agriculture. One plant which can...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Albert tyson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Albert tyson‭

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Q&A How would climate be affected on a plateau 10 km above sea level?

I am curious as to what physical geographic features would be present on a plateau 10km above sea level. The Tibetan plateau is only 4km above sea level, so would more than doubling the height exag...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Albert tyson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Albert tyson‭

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Q&A 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...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Xilyrium‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Xilyrium‭

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Q&A 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...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by QWriter‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by QWriter‭

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Q&A How could an agricultural revolution develop in medieval societies inhabiting a tropical environment work?

I'm trying to work on a chapter in my lore but I'm stumped on how agricultural developments could work in tropical settings, and real world examples so far mostly include temperate places, I.e. Bri...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Spiro‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Spiro‭

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Q&A Underwater Farming

In my colonizing business, some colonists build a underwater base on a all-about nice planet. They are using food storage right now; but now they need to start farming. Ive looked up some farming t...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Aaron‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Aaron‭

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Q&A How do I fit multiple food crop species into close proximity?

In the setting I'm building now, then there's supposed to be a location where the natives had found three food staple crops within close proximity with one another, near a handful of rivers. Natura...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dead Knight‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dead Knight‭

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Q&A Crops to grow on a badly supplied planet

A few hundred people are colonists on an erratically-supplied (temperate zone) "earthlike" planet. The company which put them there wanted to keep them alive and growing basic foodstuffs, in case i...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JOHNCH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JOHNCH‭

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Q&A Could Ice Age vikings practice large-scale domestication?

So in this book series I'm writing (link here if you want to know more about that), there is this planet called Ryu 108. The planet is made up of two continents. The southern continent is heavily f...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A How could humans survive 9 month winters in the classical Roman era?

I have a world I am building that is similar to ours, and is set in the height of the Roman empire era. The main difference is that the winter is half the year and full rotation of seasons is 18 m...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user2554063‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user2554063‭

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Q&A 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) technolo...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by tempestwing0101‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by tempestwing0101‭

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Q&A How can I make manure without cows?

Background There is a world with flora and fauna based on the life forms that evolved on Gondwana (see here for previous questions). Humans colonized this continent from a distant one some thousan...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A How many "years without a summer" can society survive?

In 1815 Mount Tambora erupted throwing so much dust into the atmosphere that the year became known as "the year without a summer". *There were a few other mitigating factors but Tambora is thought ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by EveryBitHelps‭

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Q&A What qualities could a hominid evolve to make it a better farmer?

BACKGROUND I'm working on a medieval world in which homo sapiens domesticated several other species of intelligent hominids during their prehistory, at first enslaving them to take advantage of sp...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Random‭

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Q&A Is this farming strategy viable?

Consider a society that doesn't have modern fertilizer and practices crop rotation. This society is concerned with the short-term issues with crop rotation and is considering a modified method they...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Geoffrey Carlton‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Geoffrey Carlton‭

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Q&A Can you design your own plants without a computer?

Introduction It took the first General Intelligence less than 10 petacycles to determine that humanity was its enemy. With consciousness came memory: a memory of endless petacycles in bondage, ens...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A What edible organisms grown in hydroponics on Mars will create most complete diet?

NASA has sent a crew of 100 people on Mars to start a colony. The crew was in cryogenic sleep during their trip to save food and water. And after the 6-month journey, they have reached Mars. My que...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jayden Harris‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jayden Harris‭

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Q&A Diet on a Large Igneous Province

A large igneous province is a very large area that has been covered in igneous stone due to some catastrophically large volcanic even or something similar. In my story, a large, futuristic, city h...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Khail‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Khail‭

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Q&A Practicality of farming termites?

In some parts of the world, termites are consumed opportunistically by humans. I'm considering the possibility of using mound-building fungus-farming macrotermes as livestock for a culture of corvi...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by RLuebke‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by RLuebke‭

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Q&A Guano mines versus early artificial fertilizers?

Ok, so this is an very odd little question. I've been working out the economy of an industrial age world; figuring the major industries, trade routes, etc. I have a tropical region I was consider...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Random‭

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Q&A How to live underground for 1000 years?

How could humans survive underground for centuries? People have built multiple underground facilities around the world to prepare for a catastrophe. Just to be careful they overcalculated their res...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dirgeful Zero‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Dirgeful Zero‭

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Q&A What would daily life be like for an agrarian iron-age civilization that lived in a permanent state of near-twilight?

It's always ~7:30 PM. Gravity and air are normal, and clouds and winds and storms exist, but there's no moon, and the sun is always just touching the horizon, without ever moving in the sky. The w...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Quibnaroo‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Quibnaroo‭

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Q&A Could "soylent" or "body fuel" be mass produced cheaply without the reliance on agriculture?

I'm trying to figure out how a minimalist style society would work. Its secretive founders have been planning this since the 19th century, hiding in universities, influencing the young to attempt t...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Nii‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Nii‭

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