Why do you need food to level?
I maxed the food factory when I hit Lv35, but even then, 1 million food doesn’t last too long.
I didn’t follow the storyline mission, I am on mission 34 or 35 right now.
What I noticed now that I’m not that new, is that the new players are racing to get the big dinos. I-Rex, Tapejalosaurus other hybrids etc. so you guys are burning through DNA.
If you didn’t spend DNA on rare dinos or higher, you could complete that Lv40 dinos requirement by making some Triceratops or Majungasaurus.
I only kept working/maxing out common dinos and kept my rare dinos pretty low level too, maybe 10 or 20. It was just the VIP dinos that I got to Lv10 as soon as I got them. I just hatched what I got from events/PvP. Most of the DNA that I spent were towards common hybrids.
Rare, SR dinos will eat a lot of DNA/Food early. If this happens a lot, you might want to consider your approach if you want to level faster. Commons doesn’t consume much food. Food is harder to get until you unlock Trade Harbor, so some days I didn’t feed my dinos.
At one point after Lv50+ the experience gained from the storyline missions were cut in half and they took too long for me to focus on. Almost all of my levels came from making decorations.
Even now, I’ve been maxed level doing Infinite Battles for a little over a month and don’t use DNA or much food. I just hatch what I get and still buying common hybrids, trying to finish my last common hybrid paddock. But others in my shoes might have spent the DNA that I saved up to start making Tournament Hybrids.