Will the time come when we ask ourselves, “do I serve this wonderful yellow corn for dinner, or do I need to save it for my gas tank?”
In his 1798 essay on the principles of population, English political economist Thomas Robert Malthus concluded that we humans are doomed to endure cycles of growth and massive famine as we outstrip our resources.
Subsequent economist earned their stripes discrediting his methodology, but numerous localized famines around the world have unfolded, more-or-less validating the patterns Malthus described.
Over time, the term, “Malthusian” has come to describe any gloomy scenario in which a population exceeds the means to feed them.
Today we find ourselves once again in a bit of a Malthusian dilemma.