Food

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Food is one of the basic Resources in Surviving Mars and is necessary to keep Colonists alive.

Consumption[edit]

Each Colonist eats 0.2 Food.png Food per meal, approximately once a day. It will eat 0.4 if it hadn't ate in the previous Sol or it has the Glutton trait.

A colonist will eat when visiting a Grocer, Small Grocer, Diner or Mega Mall to satisfy one of the only two interests that are shared by all Colonists, Food. When hungry and unable to eat from one of those buildings Colonists will just take Food.png Food from a nearby stockpile, although with a −3 (unprepared meal) penalty to Comfort.

If unable to eat for more than 36 hours, a colonist will starve and lose 25 health per day.

Crops[edit]

Crops are the main way of producing Food.png Food. They also produce small amounts of Oxygen.png Oxygen. Crops require constant Water.png Water and if there is a shortage the crops will start to decay, decreasing their harvest. Water requirements can be reduced by 50% with the Technology - Dry Farming.png Dry Farming Breakthrough.

Hydroponic Farm Crops[edit]

Crop Growth time (Sols) Water.png Water consumption Food.png Optimal harvest Food.png Optimal harvest per sol Oxygen.png Oxygen production Requirements
Crops leaf.png Leaf Crops 4 0.6 12 Food.png 3 Food.png 0.1 None
Crops herbs.png Microgreens 4 0.3 10 Food.png 2.5 Food.png 0.1
Crops wheat grass.png Wheat Grass 1 0.6 2.5 Food.png 2.5 Food.png 0.1
Crops algae.png Algae 1 0.6 2 Food.png 2 Food.png 1 Technology - Utility Crops.png Utility Crops
Crops kelp.png Kelp 1 0.6 3.2 Food.png 3.2 Food.png 0.5 Technology - Gene Adaptation.png Gene Adaptation
Crops rice.png Rice 4 0.9 15 Food.png 3.75 Food.png 0.1
Crops cucumber.png Vegetables 4 0.5 12.5 Food.png 3.125 Food.png 0.1
Crops rice giant.png Giant Rice 4 0.9 20 Food.png 5 Food.png 0.1 Technology - Gene Adaptation.png Gene Adaptation
Technology - Giant Crops.png Giant Crops
Crops leaf giant.png Giant Leaf Crops 4 0.6 16 Food.png 4 Food.png 0.1 Technology - Giant Crops.png Giant Crops
Crops wheat grass giant.png Giant Wheat Grass 1 0.6 3.5 Food.png 3.5 Food.png 0.1
Crops seeds.png Seed Crops 1 0.6 1 Seeds.png 1 Seeds.png 0.1 Martian Vegetation.png Martian Vegetation
Crops rice giant.png Ganymede Rice 1 1 6 Food.png 6 Food.png 0.5 Unknown.png Beyond Earth Mystery

Farm Crops[edit]

Each Farm has a Soil Quality rating that encourages crop rotation. It starts at 50% and can be increased or decreased depending on the type of crops planted. Performance scales directly with Soil Quality and the Farm gains +50 Performance at 100% Soil Quality and -50 Performance at 0% Soil Quality.

Each Farm in a Dome can increase its Soil Quality by +1% each Sol up to 90% maximum when all the Crops are Building - Crops Empty.png turned off. No Colonists.png workers, Power.png power or Water.png water is required for this. This works on Farms if the Dome is also turned off.

Crop Growth time (Sols) Water.png Water consumption Food.png Optimal harvest Food.png Optimal harvest per sol Oxygen.png Oxygen production Soil Quality Requirements
Crops potato.png Potatoes 5 2.4 55 Food.png 11 Food.png 0.3 −10% None
Crops soybeans.png Soybeans 5 2 40 Food.png 8 Food.png 0.3 +10%
Crops wheat.png Wheat 2 1.6 17 Food.png 8.5 Food.png 0.3 No change
Crops silk trees.png Cover Crops 5 2.4 12 Food.png 2.4 Food.png 0.3 +40% Technology - Utility Crops.png Utility Crops
Crops corn.png Corn 5 3 70 Food.png 14 Food.png 0.3 −10% Technology - Gene Adaptation.png Gene Adaptation
Crops apples.png Fruit Trees 8 2.4 88 Food.png 11 Food.png 1 +10%
Crops quinoa.png Quinoa 2 1.6 22 Food.png 11 Food.png 0.3 No change
Crops corn giant.png Giant Corn 5 3 110 Food.png 22 Food.png 0.3 −10%
  • Technology - Gene Adaptation.png Gene Adaptation
  • Technology - Giant Crops.png Giant Crops
Crops potato giant.png Giant Potatoes 5 2.4 80 Food.png 16 Food.png 0.3 −10% Technology - Giant Crops.png Giant Crops
Crops wheat giant.png Giant Wheat 2 1.6 23 Food.png 11.5 Food.png 0.3 No change
Crops seeds.png Seed Crops 5 2 5 Seeds.png 1 Seeds.png 0.3 +10% Martian Vegetation.png Martian Vegetation
Crops cure crop.png Curetatos 5 2.4 10 Cures 2 Cures 0.3 −30% Technology - Wildfire Cure.png Wildfire Cure
Cactus icon.png Cactus 0.04 1 1 Food.png 25Food.png 1 No change Sample Mods
Crops meat.png Crops meat 3 0.3 30 Food.png 10Food.png 0 −10% Sample Mods

Open Farm Crops[edit]

Each Open Farm has a Soil Quality rating determined by terraforming that can be increased or decreased by the grown Crops. It does not affect the harvest but it limits the Crops that can be grown. Researching the "Resilient Vegetation" breakthrough will halve temperature and water requirements of all crops.

Crop Min Soil Quality Growth time (Sols) Seeds consumption Harvest Soil Quality Terraforming requirements
Crops herbs.png Herbs 10% 1 0.1 1 Food.png +10%
  • 20% Temperature.png Temperature
  • 10% Hydrosphere.png Water
Crops potato.png Potato 25% 2 0.6 7 Food.png −20%
  • 20% Temperature.png Temperature
  • 10% Hydrosphere.png Water
Crops rapeseed.png Cover Crops 10% 5 0.1 0.5 Seeds.png +30%
  • 30% Temperature.png Temperature
  • 15% Hydrosphere.png Water
Crops leaf.png Leaf Crops 20% 1 0.2 4 Food.png −10%
  • 20% Temperature.png Temperature
  • 30% Hydrosphere.png Water
Crops wheat.png Wheat 60% 3 0.4 12 Food.png +5%
  • 70% Temperature.png Temperature
  • 50% Hydrosphere.png Water

Breeds[edit]

Animal Breeds are a second source of Food.png Food available in the Project Laika DLC. Animals require constant Water.png Water and Oxygen.png Oxygen and if there is a shortage the animals will start to die, decreasing their harvest.

Breed Growth time (Sols) Water.png Water consumption Oxygen.png Oxygen consumption Food.png Optimal harvest Food.png Optimal harvest per sol Building
Animal chicken.png Chicken 1 0.3 0.3 5 Food.png 5 Food.png Pasture.png Ranch
Animal rabbit.png Rabbit 2 0.6 0.6 15 Food.png 7.5 Food.png
Animal goose.png Goose 4 1.2 0.6 45 Food.png 11.25 Food.png
Animal turkey.png Turkey 5 0.9 0.9 60 Food.png 12 Food.png
Animal goat.png Goat 6 1.5 2 90 Food.png 15 Food.png Outside pasture.png Outside Ranch
Animal pig.png Pig 5 4 2.5 100 Food.png 20 Food.png
Animal cow.png Cow 12 3 4.5 300 Food.png 25 Food.png
Animal ostrich.png Ostrich 8 2 3 150 Food.png 18.75 Food.png