[permaculture] how many acres per human?

Todd Siegel todd.siegel at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 18:40:54 EST 2009


Another book to check out is Guns, Germs and Steel.  Jared Diamond  
discusses this subject a bit, but, I believe, doesn't give exact  
numbers.   There are gobs of references so perhaps they may get you  
closer to your answer.

Please publish what you find to this list.

Thanks,
Todd

On Feb 25, 2009, at 3:22 PM, lbsaltzman at aol.com wrote:

> I have never seen that figure.? However, check out Tending The Wild  
> By M. Kat Anderson.? Professor Anderson includes some figures on  
> populations in pre-contact times in California that may be a clue  
> and the book has an extensive bibliography that may point you in the  
> right direction.? It is a brilliant book on the land management  
> techniques of California's first people.? Her knowledge of the  
> lifestyle of these people is profound.? I also think you can't  
> answer the question in terms of how?much land an individual needed,  
> the land required a community to both exploit and manage the land in  
> a sustainable way.?
>
> The native peoples were doing a lot?to make sure that the land  
> sustainably and ensure that their were adequate quantities of  
> animals and plants for their needs..
>
> Larry
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marjory <forestgarden at gvtc.com>
> To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 12:23 pm
> Subject: [permaculture] how many acres per human?
>
>
>
> Hello Everyone,
>
> I am wondering if anyone knows of research into how many acres of land
> in a particular bio-region are needed to support a human in a hunter
> gatherer type lifestyle.  For example, how many acres would you need  
> in
> the Edwards Plateau country to support a human foraging on prickly  
> pear,
> rabbits, deer, etc.  Chihuahua desert?  Sierra Nevada Fir Forests?
> Pacific NW Douglas Fir forests areas?  NJ Pine Barrens?  Eastern
> Decidous Hickery/Oak?  Anywhere the ecology has been fairly well  
> defined.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Marjory
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