<< Subj: Re: How many acres(!) we need for a family of five?
Date: 97-11-11 00:53:12 EST
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Regi Thomas)
CC: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Most recently I was looking at a book that showed the bio productivity of the
world. Very interestingly the midwest US and the boreal forest were deadheat
for second and last. The east coast and of course the topic, subtropic
without desert was highest. None the less, I think the question of
diversified diet, with what level of protein, completeness of protein and
diversity of diet play the part in amount of acreage. On the other side, if
you have read Westin Price, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration notes through
visiting many, many cultures that the local developed diet and menu always
provided the full range of nutrients for the healthiest of human growth and
maintenance. I guess the question is what acreage was needed for the optimum
of the region?
> Date: 97-11-09 22:10:17 EST
> From: email@example.com (joel b gruver)
> To: Erorganic@AOL.COM
> eak: I get the most interesting replys. I meant 8 acres as the total for
> family of 5. My numbers come from farming and feeding a family for 24
> My answer was based on providing all the food, year round, vegetables,
> legumes, fruit, sweetner, grains, diary, eggs and meats for that family
> bettering the soil, structurally and fertility wise.
In the southern most of India, in the Kerala state, which lies in the
perhumid tropical region- 0.5 (half an acre) to 0.75 Acre is sufficient
to feed a family of five . That too without any external inputs - as far
as you maintain cattle and do intensive cultivation, relying totally on
biological dynamics. In such systems over all biomass productivity
can go well above 35-40 Tonnes per acre per year. (With 4-5 tier
cropping -commonly known as the homestead farming).
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