When I was on the high school debate team, one of the most common global disaster scenarios rasied by negative speakers was the “Malthusian Holocaust”, a world thrown into chaos by global starvation as an exploding population found itself unable to grow enough food. Well, it looks as though that nightmare may pass us by:
The threat is now more regional than global, explosive only in places like India and Pakistan. Ever since 1968, when the UN Population Division predicted that the world population, now 6.3 billion, would grow to at least 12 billion by 2050, the agency has regularly revised its estimates downward. Now it expects population to plateau at nine billion.
I’m glad. Seaweed salad never sounded appealing.