The food supply of the United States comes to a little under 3,600 kilocalories per person per day. That’s supply, not consumption—and a good thing, too.

Consider that if you omit babies and housebound octogenarians, whose daily requirements are less than 1,500 kcal, that would leave more than 4,000 kcal available for adults—a quantity appropriate only for a lumberjack.

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