Raymond J Dennis Jr
You have the following options:
1) Consume 3 food from your storage. Produce 2 food with your hunting lodges.
2) Reduce your demand by 2 food via the hunting lodges and pay the remaining food from your storage. Your hunting lodges produce nothing.
Usually, taking option 1 would be the best choice (freeing up space in your storage is always great). Option 1 doesn't work if the hunting lodges already have food in them.
Why wouldn't option one work if you had food all ready on the hunting lodges? First of all if you consume 3 food from your storage you should be able to move the 2 food that is on your hunting lodgebefore you produce. Secondly let's say there is food all ready on your hunting lodge doesn't the directions tell you to put resources on your production buildings if you can otherwise put them in your storage or warehouse. Doesn't this imply that the production buildings still produce what ever resource they are suppose to wether there is something there all ready or not?
Also on that note if my warehouse and storage spaces were full and I had stuff on production spaces all ready and I produce, can't I throw away some of the resources in my warehouse or storage to make room for the new produced resources? Maybe I have an abundance of wood and I really need clay, etc.
I love this game but the storage, warehouse, production, and consumption rules make this game a little bit fiddly. And yes I understand why the rules are there and I understand them.