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25th May '17 1:02:21 PM Necrodomo
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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' plays InexplicablyPreservedDungeonMeat absolutely straight, but this trope comes up a lot in more serious role-playing. Fruits and vegetables can be grown in the abandoned city that became the battlefield of Valhalla, but there are few if any animals to eat, and meat, eggs and dairy can only be preserved for so long.
24th May '17 9:03:16 PM PaulA
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* Creator/SherriTepper's ''Beauty'' both plays this straight and subverts it. Part of the book deals with a dystopian future Earth run by "Fidipur", an agency created to "Feed the Poor" by using much of the Earth's biological productivity and advanced science to create very efficient food wafers that would seem unnatural to modern or premodern people. The population keeps growing and eventually all arable land is needed to make their strange wafers, so the last farms that produce vegetables for human consumption are shut down. A surprisingly long section of the book describes a documentary called "The Last Radish" and a random citizen is selected to have the honor of eating the last natural vegetable while the world watches. The trope is played straight in that natural food is considered very special and exclusive, but subverted in that the radish-eater gives the natural vegetable very poor marks in comparison to his regular ration of nutrition wafers.

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* Creator/SherriTepper's Creator/SheriSTepper's ''Beauty'' both plays this straight and subverts it. Part of the book deals with a dystopian future Earth run by "Fidipur", an agency created to "Feed the Poor" by using much of the Earth's biological productivity and advanced science to create very efficient food wafers that would seem unnatural to modern or premodern people. The population keeps growing and eventually all arable land is needed to make their strange wafers, so the last farms that produce vegetables for human consumption are shut down. A surprisingly long section of the book describes a documentary called "The Last Radish" and a random citizen is selected to have the honor of eating the last natural vegetable while the world watches. The trope is played straight in that natural food is considered very special and exclusive, but subverted in that the radish-eater gives the natural vegetable very poor marks in comparison to his regular ration of nutrition wafers.
28th Apr '17 2:26:32 AM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei4'', genuine meat and vegetables in Tokyo are extremely expensive due to their rarity and are eaten mainly by high-ranking organized crime bosses. This is because the people of Tokyo averted a complete annihilation of humanity because a Japanese god shielded Tokyo from the destruction [[DomedHometown but left Tokyo completely covered in a stone dome]]. With no light, vegetables must be grown using artificial light in special greenhouses, and there are no farm animals left so whatever meat remains has been kept frozen the entire time Tokyo has been under the dome. Meanwhile, demons are running loose in Tokyo's streets--''their'' meat is what the normal citizens of Tokyo have been eating.

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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei4'', ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', genuine meat and vegetables in Tokyo are extremely expensive due to their rarity and are eaten mainly by high-ranking organized crime bosses. This is because the people of Tokyo averted a complete annihilation of humanity because a Japanese god shielded Tokyo from the destruction [[DomedHometown but left Tokyo completely covered in a stone dome]]. With no light, vegetables must be grown using artificial light in special greenhouses, and there are no farm animals left so whatever meat remains has been kept frozen the entire time Tokyo has been under the dome. Meanwhile, demons are running loose in Tokyo's streets--''their'' meat is what the normal citizens of Tokyo have been eating.
28th Apr '17 2:23:17 AM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei4'', genuine meat and vegetables in Tokyo are extremely expensive due to their rarity and are eaten mainly by high-ranking organized crime bosses. This is because the people of Tokyo averted a complete annihilation of humanity because a Japanese god shielded Tokyo from the destruction [[DomedHometown but left Tokyo completely covered in a stone dome]]. With no light, vegetables must be grown using artificial light in special greenhouses, and there are no farm animals left so whatever meat remains has been kept frozen the entire time Tokyo has been under the dome. Meanwhile, demons are running loose in Tokyo's streets--''their'' meat is what the normal citizens of Tokyo have been eating.
16th Apr '17 9:42:10 PM AgentTasmania
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* Free range or organic foods tend to be more expensive and luxurious then the industrial kind.

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* Free range or organic foods tend to be more expensive and luxurious then the industrial kind. Much like the gemstones above, this is almost entirely marketing.
15th Apr '17 1:17:25 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''[[Literature/{{Emberverse}} Dies the Fire]]'' by SMStirling, when the protagonists have a long gripe session about all the great junk food they miss, now they've been reduced to growing food naturally.

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* Inverted in ''[[Literature/{{Emberverse}} Dies the Fire]]'' by SMStirling, Creator/SMStirling, when the protagonists have a long gripe session about all the great junk food they miss, now they've been reduced to growing food naturally.
14th Apr '17 7:35:05 PM Kalaong
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** Later Jayne buys a bushel of apples and everybody reacts to this as an amazing treat and question his motives.
*** On many of the planets, fresh fruit is usually available, but isn't the most practical to carry on a spaceship. Simon mentions that the food on a spaceship is considerably worse than planetside.

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** Later Jayne buys a bushel of apples and everybody reacts to this as an amazing treat and question his motives.
*** On many of the planets, fresh fruit is usually available, but isn't the most practical to carry on a spaceship.
motives. Simon mentions that the food on a spaceship is considerably worse than planetside.planetside, but he ''is'' a Core-worlder, and isn't used to how Rim worlds don't have quality food. The apples remind Mal and Zoe of a rather nasty war story; during the Unification War, a favored tactic of Alliance soldiers was to leave fresh fruit lying around - with pressure-triggered ''grenades'' hidden inside.
--->'''Zoe''': Cap’n said wait, but they were so hungry… Don’t make much noise, just little pops and there’s three guys that kinda just…end at the rib cage.
3rd Apr '17 4:46:04 PM Divra
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See also FutureFoodIsArtificial, CommonPlaceRare, BlackMarketProduce. A counterpart is WorthlessYellowRocks; both can exist in the same work.

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See also FutureFoodIsArtificial, CommonPlaceRare, BlackMarketProduce.BlackMarketProduce, MundaneLuxury. A counterpart is WorthlessYellowRocks; both can exist in the same work.
3rd Apr '17 4:42:28 PM Divra
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* The environment is fine in ''Series/BabylonFive'', but space travel is still expensive and the eponymous space station is too far from Earth to ship much food out. They've got a positively huge hydroponic farm, but it only grows "essential foods"... and Takashima's (later Ivanova's) illicit coffee plants. Even for the command staff, a shipment of real eggs is seen as an amazing luxury. At least they're not on a warship; one of the first things Captain Sheridan says when he arrives is, "Do you have ''real showers'' here?". ''Babylon 5'' also grows oranges and nectarines. Steak is rare, though the medical staff can apparently fudge the paperwork to import one for "research". A meat product known as "spoo" is readily available, but it costs 15 credits an ounce.
** The price and difficulty of importing foods is highlighted in one second-season episode when Garibaldi tries to obtain certain Italian ingredients for a [[YourFavorite birthday treat]].

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* The environment is fine in ''Series/BabylonFive'', but space travel is still expensive and the eponymous space station is too far from Earth to ship much food out. They've got a positively huge hydroponic farm, but it only grows "essential foods"... foods" and Takashima's is geared towards providing a nutritionally complete diet, rather than a tasty and varied one... though said diet seems to include oranges and nectarines, and Takashima managed to sneak in a few coffee plants under the radar (later Ivanova's) illicit coffee plants. taken over by Ivanova).
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Even for the command staff, a shipment of real eggs is seen as an amazing luxury. At least they're not on a warship; one of the first things Captain Sheridan says when he arrives is, "Do you have ''real showers'' here?". ''Babylon 5'' also grows oranges and nectarines. Steak is similarly rare, though at one point the medical staff can apparently fudge the doctor fudges some paperwork to import one for "research". A meat have a couple brought in after losing a bet with Garibaldi. An alien meat-based product known as called "spoo" is readily available, but though it costs 15 credits an ounce.
is extremely expensive and, to a human palate, not particularly good.
** In space, showers are sonic; Captain Sheridan raves about the fact that his quarters have a water-based shower, which was not the case on the warship he commanded previously.
** The price and difficulty of importing foods is highlighted in one second-season episode when Garibaldi tries to obtain certain Italian ingredients (olive oil, garlic, butter and anchovies) for a [[YourFavorite birthday treat]].
11th Jan '17 1:28:16 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_desert Food Deserts]]" in the first world; neighborhoods without access to fresh food, usually in a very poor, densely-populated urban area. Grocery stores in wealthier neighborhoods or suburbs can stock fresh produce, meat, and unprocessed staples. The convenience stores that may be the only "grocery" in walking distance (those living in that area are often too poor to own a car) will favor processed, shelf-stable "food" that offers calories and little else. What little fresh food they have will be under a steep markup.
** Again, this heavily varies with the level of [[WrongSideOfTheTracks urban segregation]] in the larger world, with many countries either not having it to the same degree, with the rich and the poor rubbing shoulders every day, or having a functional public transport systems that allow the poor to affordably access the wider markets.

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* "[[https://en.And the reason ''why'' soda is so cheap in the US, along with candies and other sweets, is because of the invention of high-fructose corn syrup as a substitute for cane sugar that can be produced economically using the the vast (and heavily subsidized) corn crop of the American breadbasket. In the US, cane sugar is a rarity found only in organic and other specialty foods and drinks, thanks to competition from high-fructose corn syrup, a relative lack of places in the US where sugar can be grown[[note]]The lower Mississippi Valley, the Gulf Coast, Florida, and Hawaii[[/note]], and import tariffs designed to protect American sugar producers.
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wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_desert Food Deserts]]" "Food deserts"]] in the first developed world; neighborhoods without access to fresh food, usually in a very poor, densely-populated urban area.areas. Grocery stores in wealthier neighborhoods or suburbs can stock fresh produce, meat, and unprocessed staples. The convenience stores that may be the only "grocery" in walking distance (those living in that area are often too poor to own a car) will favor processed, shelf-stable "food" that offers calories and little else. What little fresh food they have will be under a steep markup.
** Again, this heavily varies with the level of [[WrongSideOfTheTracks urban segregation]] in the larger world, with many countries either not having it to the same degree, with the rich and the poor rubbing shoulders every day, or having a functional public transport systems that allow the poor to affordably access the wider markets.
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