Rebecca Marcella wrote:I know they say you need like something like 5 acre per person to feed a human being right? Like this makes sense assuming a "standard modern diet". We're talking corn, wheat, meat etc.
But realistically is it possible to reduce that land requirement by changing what we consider to be staple crops? For example if your average city lot had several semi-dwarf trees of various fruit, nut, olive etc varieties , plus maybe a backyard animal crop like chickens, rabbits etc might a couple or small family (i.e 2 parent plus kid) be able to get closer to self sufficiency on say 1/4 acre or less? I don't assume they could EVER reach full self sufficiency because of how much FEED animals require, and how hard it is to get enough nutrient input into the soil, but certainly dependence on the global industrial food system could be lessened? And perhaps this model of using more indigenous and traditional staple crops would improve community resiliency to climate change??
R. Han wrote:Most nut trees are fatty, it is advised to also eat starch.
So plant chestnuts if applicable in your location, those are high in starches.
I have read somewhere that in fromer times, the rulers wanted the commoners to get rid of the chestnut trees,
because with the chestnut tree in their backyard the commoner was less likely to go to work to earn coin to exchange that for food.