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19th Feb '17 4:11:32 PM VagabondSeastallion
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** Ram's horns can also be made into bows.
9th Jan '17 2:40:19 PM margdean56
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* In ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', Esteban Borges's artificially designed and created "Butter Bugs" are meant to be this. They are large bugs that live in colonies with a Queen and reproduce quickly, yet their breeding is human-controlled so they can't overrun the environment. In their stomachs they secrete 'Bug Butter', which is tasteless, sort of the consistency of tofu, and can supply all your dietary needs: you can practically live off it alone. Their excrement is also excellent fertilizer, and they can be kept at low cost since they can eat just about anything that's organic, including bark, branches and grass. Their marketing didn't exactly take off at first, as people were turned off by their ugly appearance and thought it was pretty disgusting to eat something that was regurgitated by one, until Ekaterin redesigned them to be "Beautiful Butter Bugs". Now it seems they're going to be pretty profitable.

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* In ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', Esteban Borges's Enrique Borgos's artificially designed and created "Butter Bugs" are meant to be this. They are large bugs that live in colonies with a Queen and reproduce quickly, yet their breeding is human-controlled so they can't overrun the environment. In their stomachs they secrete 'Bug Butter', which is tasteless, sort of the consistency of tofu, and can supply all your dietary needs: you can practically live off it alone. Their excrement is also excellent fertilizer, and they can be kept at low cost since they can eat just about anything that's organic, including bark, branches and grass. Their marketing didn't exactly take off at first, as people were turned off by their ugly appearance and thought it was pretty disgusting to eat something that was regurgitated by one, until Ekaterin redesigned them to be "Beautiful Butter Bugs". Now it seems they're going to be pretty profitable.
6th Jan '17 12:11:21 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Happened out of necessity in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' when Midori devastated the Human World's food infrastructure leaving people with nothing but reserves and rations: The discovery of the Billion Bird, an ExplosiveBreeder whose body parts could substitute for a number of staple crops, allowed people to eat food that could remotely pass for normal, and for some time, humanity subsisted almost entirely on Billion Birds and their derivatives. Eventually averted as Toriko and his friends imported in enough raw food from the Gourmet World to satiate everyone.
10th Dec '16 10:22:55 AM karstovich2
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** And the best thing is: Apples grow on slopes and relatively bad lands and when you leave enough space between them you can let animals (pigs for instance) graze between them. With the right mix of types you can pick the first apples in July or August and the last ones in November and store some of them until the next season - there is a reason why in some contexts "apple" just meant generic fruit of any kind.

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** And the best thing is: Apples Apples, which originated from the mountains of Central Asia, grow on slopes and relatively bad lands and when you leave enough space between them you can let animals (pigs for instance) graze between them. With the right mix of types you can pick the first apples in July or August and the last ones in November and store some of them until the next season - there is a reason why in some contexts "apple" just meant generic fruit of any kind.
22nd Aug '16 12:11:26 PM DouglasFir
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* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' does this with a combination of [[BambooTechnology bamboo and palm trees]]. Since the characters are stranded on an island, they have to make do with whatever grows there. Bamboo is their go-to building material for making anything. It's in their huts, furniture, rafts, a hot air balloon, a plumbing system, a pedal-powered car, Mr. Howell's golf clubs, the Professor's lab equipment, you name it. Meanwhile, palm trees provide palm leaves for making their huts and coconuts as one of their main food sources, with the shells used as everything from drinking cups to battery rechargers. The one thing bamboo and palm trees can't do is fix the boat.



### As sweet corn: On the cob, in niblets, grilled, boiled, steamed, creamed...

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### As sweet corn: On the cob, in niblets, grilled, boiled, steamed, creamed...creamed, as baby corn...



### Or as sweetener (corn syrup) in sugary foods.



## Wear it: Either by weaving/braiding strips of husks (hats, shoes, handbags and more can be made this way) or by manufacturing textile fibers from material extracted from the plant.



## Treat yourself with it: Corn silk is a common herbal supplement.

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## Treat yourself with it: Corn silk is a common herbal supplement. And half the stuff sold in pharmacies probably contains corn.
17th Aug '16 8:39:59 PM PaulA
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* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Esteban Borges's artificially designed and created "Butter Bugs" are meant to be this. They are large bugs that live in colonies with a Queen and reproduce quickly, yet their breeding is human-controlled so they can't overrun the environment. In their stomachs they secrete 'Bug Butter', which is tasteless, sort of the consistency of tofu, and can supply all your dietary needs: you can practically live of it alone. Their excrement is also excellent fertilizer, and they can be kept at low cost since they can eat just about anything that's organic, including bark, branches and grass. Their marketing didn't exactly take off at first, as people were turned off by their ugly appearance and thought it was pretty disgusting to eat something that was regurgitated by one, until Ekaterin redesigned them to be "Beautiful Butter Bugs". Now it seems they're going to be pretty profitable.

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* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', Esteban Borges's artificially designed and created "Butter Bugs" are meant to be this. They are large bugs that live in colonies with a Queen and reproduce quickly, yet their breeding is human-controlled so they can't overrun the environment. In their stomachs they secrete 'Bug Butter', which is tasteless, sort of the consistency of tofu, and can supply all your dietary needs: you can practically live of off it alone. Their excrement is also excellent fertilizer, and they can be kept at low cost since they can eat just about anything that's organic, including bark, branches and grass. Their marketing didn't exactly take off at first, as people were turned off by their ugly appearance and thought it was pretty disgusting to eat something that was regurgitated by one, until Ekaterin redesigned them to be "Beautiful Butter Bugs". Now it seems they're going to be pretty profitable.
9th Jul '16 9:25:53 AM DouglasFir
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The agricultural equivalent of GreenRocks. If this particular crop/livestock's production is the foundation for an entire culture, it can help define a PlanetOfHats or OneProductPlanet, possibly resulting in a TerminallyDependentSociety. May be an indication of current or [[LostTechnology Lost]] OrganicTechnology within the setting. SoylentSoy may be an example, if derived from a single crop species rather than blending two or more.

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There is at least some TruthInTelevision to this, but it's somewhat {{Downplayed|Trope}} in RealLife. Quite a few plants and animals actually do have a lot of possible uses, but many of them are primarily raised for just one or two, and it's extremely rare for a society to be solely dependent a single crop/livestock for almost everything. Sometimes it's an InvokedTrope: if something is easy enough to raise on a large scale, it makes sense to try and find as many ways to use it as you can.

The agricultural equivalent of GreenRocks.GreenRocks and WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer. If this particular crop/livestock's production is the foundation for an entire culture, it can help define a PlanetOfHats or OneProductPlanet, possibly resulting in a TerminallyDependentSociety. May be an indication of current or [[LostTechnology Lost]] OrganicTechnology within the setting. SoylentSoy may be an example, if derived from a single crop species rather than blending two or more.



## Extract oil from it: Like the starch, the oil has many more uses than the obvious ones like burning and cooking.



*** As flavoring - juice up your roast or make apple cider vinegar (which itself has several applications outside of food).



** Use them or other parts of the tree as medicine, cosmetics and personal care products.

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** Use Care for your body with them or other parts of the tree as - they can also be used in medicine, cosmetics and personal care products.hygiene products. In fact, in herbal medicine, an apple tree borders on a {{Panacea}}.
8th Jul '16 5:38:49 PM zarpaulus
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* Hemp can be used for food (the seeds), medicine (against aczema and inflammation), as rope, for fabric for clothing, sacks and sails, as building material, as jewelry, it can be made into paper and plastic, and it can be used for fuel, weed control and water purification. [[TheStoner And yes, it has that other use too.]]

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* Hemp can be used for food (the seeds), medicine (against aczema and inflammation), as rope, rope (to the point of being synonymous), for fabric for clothing, sacks and sails, as building material, as jewelry, it can be made into paper and plastic, and it can be used for fuel, weed control and water purification. [[TheStoner And yes, it has that other use too.]]
17th Jun '16 10:24:34 AM ChronoLegion
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* While generally averted in ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', polta fruit seems to have shades of this. It's an extremely versatile fruit that can be eaten, fermented into seep (an intoxicant), mashed into a paste that has antiseptic properties, and, as discovered eventually, can be used as battery acid.
16th Jun '16 11:23:07 AM Snicka
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* The ''amela'' tree in Creator/GeraldDurrell's book ''Literature/TheMockeryBird''. The entire economy of the island Zenkali relies on cultivating these trees and exporting products made of its various parts.
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