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Thread: NY Times Article - is Matthus revelant ?

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    NY Times Article - is Matthus revelant ?

    Print Headline: Malthus Redux: Is Doomsday Upon Us, Again?

    And again, Thomas Malthus, a British economist and demographer at the turn of the 19th century, is being recalled to duty. His basic theory was that populations, which grow geometrically, will inevitably outpace food production, which grows arithmetically.
    Can or should we look at this from an energy point of view ?

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    Cyburbian boilerplater's avatar
    Dec 2003
    Heaven or Las Vegas
    I have been wondering the same thing, after recently reading the Cliff Notes version of Heilbronner's "The Worldly Philosophers" which summarized Malthus. I knew about him from my Intro to Env. Planning class years ago, but this recent reading suggested a different application to me. The "Green Revolution" which vastly enlarged crop yields through modern agriculture, was largely petroleum powered, from the fule for the combines and tractors to the petro-based fertilizers. But you guys know that. Are you asking if the availabilty of energy has allowed populations to expand beyond what will be available in the future?
    Adrift in a sea of beige

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