Trim Your Dog’s 2 Acres

Small changes make a difference in the environmental impact of your dog’s food.


Two acres. That’s what it takes to feed a medium-sized dog each year. That’s 2 acres of biologically productive land and water.


This is just an average, calculated in 2009 by sustainable-living experts Robert Vale, Ph.D., and Brenda Vale, Ph.D., of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and published in their book Time to Eat the Dog. Their numbers were independently verified by New Scientist magazine.


Whether your dog uses up 2 acres each year depends on what kind of food and how much you feed him. Your Great Dane is likely using up much more than 2 acres. Got a Chihuahua? He might be living off a mere 1⁄4 acre.

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