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A commodity found on the F8 markets screen.

Simple organic products. Not per-se edible by humans but it usually is.
Rumour has it, that Soylent green is made of people, which is of course ridiculous.
Everyone knows people wear clothes.

Traded in TCs (Tonne Cannisters) & stored in the Cargo Hold for trade.

Dirt cheap on agricultural worlds, and (relatively) much expensive at industrial worlds: an inexpensive product.

Cim's analysis

Cim: Let's assume a 1TC barrel of Food contains 1000kg of food, or approx 500 person-days of food. A Boa will bring 125TC, and lets say 2 or 3 arrive each day carrying food rather than other goods. So they're only importing enough food to feed a couple of hundred thousand people at most. We can probably pretty safely assume then that the Food cargo is generally luxury food, interstellar delicacies, and the like, and all planets are usually self-sufficient for basic food needs. The NPC bulk haulers (eg HammerHead) could raise it to a couple of million people, perhaps, which is still negligible.

Cim (2012). Note that arguments exist over the definition of a TC: weight or volume?
There is rather more discussion in Stranger's Essay on Trade and Economics

Death by Chocolate

I'm still proud of my confirmed killing of a pirate Sidewinder with a 1 tonne cannister of Food and a dab of WFI (WitchFuel injection) during a hot furball when my military laser cooked!
At the time, I was chasing an FdL, but my forward military laser was redlined. I had a half-dozen other pirates crawling over my iron ass and the Sidewinder just came up from beneath me. I was actually trying to toggle the ECM but hit the 'D' button instead. Next thing I saw was "Food Ejected" followed by "Bounty: 22 Cr" and my credit rating incremented by 22.1 Cr. I like to think that the container was filled with chocolate cake so I can say that the pilot suffered 'Death by Chocolate'... Captain Hesperus (2009)


  • New Cargoes - an OXP which allows trade specifically in tree grubs, goat soup and edible moths.