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Food production creates population units (Population) which produce more resources. This makes food vital for growth.

Overview Edit

Food (Food) is produced like other FIDS by planetary Population units. The amount of food each Population produces is affected by the type of planet and improvements on the system - for example, Ocean and Jungle planets provide 3 Food per Population per turn. The total food produced (by all planets of a system) contributes to the rate of colony growth for that system as a whole, producing more population units.

Good initial food production is vital for growth as it will produce lots of new population. These population units will generate even more resources for the star system as a whole. Therefore, when colonizing new systems, you should choose a planet with good Food production to allow growth. Without the food, population growth will be minimal and the FIDS income will remain low, reducing the ability to develop and invest in improvements that would further boost growth. Maintaining a high rate of population growth contributes to a solid economy, and good food production is the biggest factor in doing so.

Production Edit

The planets of a system generate Food directly from population. The first colonized planet in a newly occupied system should be selected to maximize early food production. Jungle, Terran, and Ocean planets produce the highest base Food and are therefore the best planets to colonize early in the game. Immediately choosing a food-generating Planetary Exploitation option after colonizing each planet of a system is typically a good strategy until most all planets of a system are fully populated, after which the choice of exploitation for planets can be changed for later-game goals to support manufacturing, research, or dust income.

Researching technologies that offer system improvements and access to bonus resources such as Hydromiel can also significantly increase food production. Assignment of a hero with an affinity for Labor will also increase the rate of food and population growth.

See also Improvements and Exploitations that increase food production for specific bonuses.

Blockaded planets have a -25% penalty to Food.

Consumption and growth rate Edit

Each Population Unit consumes 2 Food. If you have more than this amount in a system, your population will grow; if you have less, it will shrink. The population cannot decrease below 1 per colonized planet and cannot exceed the total capacity of all of the planets. It is possible for a system's population to increase by more than 1 in a single turn. The game chooses which planet in a system to place (or remove) new population unit(s), however players can manually relocate population units among the colonized planets of a system.

The total accumulated excess Food needed to reach a certain population is given by

4 * (current Population)^2.4

The amount of accumulated excess Food since the last population increase needed to increase the population by 1 is approximately given by

(5 * (current Population + 0.5))^1.4

This means that more populated systems will grow more slowly, even if the Food to Population ratio is the same.

See population table for a table.

Basic Resources (FIDS) Food Food - Industry Industry - Dust Dust - Science Science
Strategic Resources Hyperium 7801StrategicResourceHyperium - Titanium-70 7802StrategicResourceTitanium - Anti-Matter 7803StrategicResourceAnti-Matter - Hexaferrum 7804StrategicResourceHexaferrum - Orichalcix 7805StrategicResourceOrichalcedon - Siderite 7806StrategicResourceSiderite - Adamantian 7807StrategicResourceAdamantium - Quadrinix 7808StrategicResourceQuadrinite
Luxury Resources

Vegetables: Redsang 7901LuxuryResourceRedSang - Bluecap Mold 7902LuxuryResourceBluecapMold - Dustwater 7903LuxuryResourceDustwater - Hydromiel 7904LuxuryResourceFruitsofFire
Gems: Mercurite 7905LuxuryResourceMercurite - Void Stone 7906LuxuryResourceVoidStone - Jadonyx 7907LuxuryResourceJadonyx - Ionic Crystals 7908LuxuryResourceIonicCrystals
Drugs: Eden Incense 7909LuxuryResourceEdenIncense - Meta-Entactogen 7910LuxuryResourceMetaEntactogen - Transvine 7911LuxuryResourceTransvine - Proto-Orchid 7912LuxuryResourceProtoOrchid
Artifacts: Concrete Artifacts 7913LuxuryResourceConcreteArtifacts - Virtual Artifacts 7914LuxuryResourceVirtualArtifacts - Pre-schism Artifacts 7915LuxuryResourcePreSchismArtifacts - Mundane Artifacts 7916LuxuryResourceNonPrecursorArtifacts

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