Food is what makes the empire grow and one of the strategic elements of a planet's economy.
Overview[edit | edit source]
Food is useful for one purpose and one purpose alone: Increasing a planet's population and then maintaining that level. This also makes it the most important resource in the long term, as a high population impacts every area of an empire's performance: Research, production, and especially income.
Optimizing food production[edit | edit source]
- For a list of structures that affect the food output of a planet, see Colony structures#Food
- Biomes are an important part of the optimizing process. On lower class planets, you'll have to assign multiple workers to have the same yield as a single one on a higher class planet. Terraforming is a cheap long-term way to improve a planet's food output.
- Colony structures are an obvious way to improve food production. The highest priority improvements are those that reduce the amount of food needed to gain a population point, as they maximize the effect of farming without directing additional manpower that way.
- And, of course, tech achievements. Can't grow a crop without them.
Population Growth[edit | edit source]
It requires 104 food in order for your population to grow. Other factors such as research, racial traits, and buildings can modify that number to be smaller or larger, thus taking less time, or more time to grow your population.