The Population Bomb’s very first sentence is:
The battle to feed all of humanity is over.
Yes… and Paul Ehrlich lost.
“If we can’t feed 8 billion people . . . there won’t be 8 billion people.” – George Carlin
This is a timely post. The June 2013 issue of IEEE Spectrum Magazine contains a lengthy special report on food production. Setting aside the bizarre choice of venue (this belongs in SciAm or Discover), the cover says it all-
“The Age of Plenty-
Don’t Listen to the doomsayers. Technology will let us feed 10 billion people. Here’s how it’ll happen.”
I think the estimate is a factor of ten on the conservative side, but there is an unmistakable message to the reader-
Paul Ehrlich wasn’t just wrong- he was (and remains) completely out to lunch.
“Don’t Listen to the doomsayers. Technology will let us feed 10 billion people.”
If the “doomsayer” environmentalists allow it to happen. Carbon fuels that run tractors and other farm equipment are under attack. And so are GMOs, the future of agriculture.
Re: Chris Y comment:
Nice pun – out to lunch. Good for a chuckle.
The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines. Hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. Population control is the only answer.
Paul Ehrlich, in The Population Bomb (1968)
I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.Paul Ehrlich in (1969)
In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day (1970)
Before 1985, mankind will enter a genuine age of scarcity…in which the accessible supplies of many key minerals will be facing depletion.—Paul Ehrlich in (1976)
If he had not warned us all of it would have happened.
I would not be at all surprised to see him claim this!
Actually, he has claimed this
This bozo makes Harold Camping look like a genius and a real prophet.
You would think that greens (Eco-fascists) would dump this repeated loser.
I remember when Dr. Ehrlich had some credibility. He and many like him, who preached that overpopulation was a potential disaster, shaped the decisions of many families to have only one child or perhaps two children. For good or ill is hard to say.
The chief cause of hunger in the world today, and throughout the later 20thC, is poor governance. Every nation has a few people who are genuinely hungry, of course, but the nations with large numbers of hungry people are all nations of oppression.
Nations that would seem likely candidates for poverty — Canada and Australia, for example, have large areas that are ill-suited to agriculture, Hong Kong has almost no resources except its people’s industry — have thrived in economic freedom. Nations rich in resources and opportunity, even rich in human potential, have mired themselves in poverty rooted in tyranny. Zimbabwe is a good example; contrast the Koreas.
terrence–You would think that greens (Eco-fascists) would dump this repeated loser.
JK——losers have trouble identifying other losers.
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