Where does the food aboard Battlestars and other space-faring ships come from? It seems implausible that they would store sufficient stocks for several months of consumption due to space constrains (no evidence either way, though), so they must have some process through which they produce food on a regular basis.

The series doesn't feature much food to my memory beyond Commander Adama's noodles (Udon?), alcoholic drinks, and crackers.

In The Passage (S3E10), Galactica encounters a contamination of all food stockpiles and supply chains and a famine is about to ensue. The proposed solution involves harvesting protein-rich algae found on a remote planet and somehow processing it for consumption.

Is this elaborated on within canon?

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In the original Battlestar Galactica there were 3 Agro Ships that grew food for the fleet, two were destroyed by the Cylons. http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Agro_Ship

I never watched the new BSG but a google search reveals a you tube video of the studio model of an Agro ship for the show.

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    There was an Agro ship in the 2004 pilot mini-series (the president visits it), but if I recall correctly it doesn't make the first jump. They made a big deal about it because the president met a little girl that lived on that ship. Jun 22, 2015 at 16:14
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    Was that an agro ship? I thought it was more of a floating park or resort of some sort.
    – BBlake
    Jun 22, 2015 at 21:14
  • With regards to the Agro ship, what about the Pegasus, which was alone without any civilian ships?
    – Huey
    Jun 23, 2015 at 6:34
  • the ship in the 2004 remake was called a "Botanical Cruiser." May 3, 2016 at 17:53
  • FYI, the OS Agro ship was a re-used model from "Silent Running". May 3, 2016 at 19:23

In the reboot version, there is a ship called Cloud 9 which has a five-star restaurant, theater, casino, several bars, and numerous hotel rooms and luxury suites. It has a huge biodome and gardens with natural habitats.

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This is from Cloud 9's garden:

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In the episode of a terrorist assassination plot against President Laura Roslin, I remember seeing a gardener but this does not mean they are using the garden to grow fruit or vegetables. This ship was lost later on, so there isn't any possiblity they used this one continuously. This was the first but the weakest possibility.

Let's move on to the second and stronger one. In the Miniseries, Commander Adama finds Leoben in a weapons and supplies vault called as Ragnar Anchorage. Here is a picture:

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So they might have put storable food to this anchorage to use it.

Besides the entire food storage in Battlestar Galactica, there came a moment they had to eat algeas. After the fleet of surviving Colonial ships discovers its food stores are contaminated and sends out scouts to search for a new food source, Sharon Agathon returns from her recon of the planet and confirms that edible, protein-rich algae grows there (The Algea Planet). The fleet makes the dangerous crossing of the star cluster, and sets up stations on the planet to harvest and process the algae (TRS: "The Passage"). Here is a screen cap from the series:

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  • I love that your picture of Ragnar is a LEGO model. Jan 4, 2018 at 11:52
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    @AtillaFiliz Desperate times call for desperate measures.
    – burcu
    Jan 7, 2018 at 12:44

Early on in the series, Adama mentions that their water recycling abilities are just about 100% efficient on the Galactica, so they're taking on impure water from the other ships and replacing it with their own purified stuff.

They do not appear to have had the ability to recycle wastes in to food, however, since resource depletion and short rations are a recurring theme through the new series

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