Malthusian catastrophe was originally foreseen to be a forced return to
subsistence level conditions once population growth had outpaced
agricultural production. The catastrophe is that in doing so many
people will starve.
Sometime around 2050, there are going to be
nine billion people roaming this planet two billion more than there are
today. It's a safe bet that all those folks will want to eat. Still,
not everyone's convinced that feeding nine billion people is a totally
impossible task. A Malthusian catastrophe has been predicted before to
happen and has not yet done so, A new paper published this week in
Science written by Britain's chief scientific adviser John Beddington
along with others, outlines a way this could actually be done.
The British Science
study suggests several changes in how people eat as well as produce new
food to help adjust to the new population levels. Some of the
discussed items include:
Boosting crop yields
Stop wasting food
There are also other competing demands for
the raw organics that eventually go into the food supply. These are bio
fuels for example. The more biofuel that is used instead of a petroleum
based fuel means there is potentially that much less available for food
supplies. Again this is related to lifestyle choices such as driving a
car instead of mass transportation where it is available.