“By 2050, the human population will be 9 billion. Can the meat machine keep up?”
Malthusians write in The Atlantic:
Planet Earth is a giant food machine. It’s done an impressive job cranking out sustenance for the masses, often aided by human ingenuity. Innovations like factory farming or pesticides have helped it keep up with the planet’s booming population, even as it leapt from 2.5 billion in 1950 to 7 billion today.
But by 2050, the population will jump to 9 billion (pdf). The question is, can the machine continue to keep up?
The answer is: not really.
And of course, Paul Ehrlich is all a-twitter: