Food Society

Your food takes 2 acres

Bookmarked by Richard Waite (Twitter)

This is your periodic reminder that the average U.S. diet requires ~2 acres of land per person per year to grow all the food we eat, according to both the USDA ( and our own research (

For a family of 4, that is ~8 acres of land.

We’re an interdependent society of specialized labor and need each other to survive – and can’t really escape industrialized farming at some level without dramatically changing our diets.

Reminds me of touring Biosphere 2 and the scientists had no time for anything but growing food and even then were barely getting by. Also that colonizing space would take a minimum viable population to cover all the tasks needed for survival.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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