I have previously published in this blog, a graph of population growth and the likely collapse following too much growth and an airborne, multi-virus pandemic. It is pretty depressing, not because of the collapse itself but because it is avoidable. Firstly, we have to stop people breeding. It defies common sense to allow continued growth. So far, the claimed logic of decreasing birth rates as wealth increases is more than counter-balanced by medical advance reducing death rates. Secondly, we do need to up our game in food production. We can increase food production and food security. We can produce food safely. We can use urban waste to reclaim the deserts. We can use composted urban wastes to reduce irrigation need.
We can reduce birth rates and increase food production. Why don’t we push a bit harder? Right now!
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 23 January 2018