For Thomas Malthus, endless expansion of human population was not possible. In the long run, increasing populations would outstrip the ability to acquire & provide food. Between 1798 and 1826 he wrote, in his Essay on the Principle of Population, that sooner or later population gets checked by famine and disease. Where do we stand to this theory today?
Here are a few clues, from today’s news:
- Drought hits 56 percent of continental US; ‘significant toll’ on crops: http://on.msnbc.com/N0mQiA
- Crops Shrivel as Temperatures Soar: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/48087810/
- Fires Create Barren Wasteland In Colorado: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/48087842/
- Plenty of Fish in the Sea? Not Always: http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-overfishing/
After generations of ridicule, the inevitable consequences predicted by Malthus seem to be arriving all at once. If we stop for a minute and look around us, the signs are everywhere and point to it being later than we think.