The Century of Famine

March 18, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Many thanks to Frank Arundel for sending me this article.
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Humanity has struggled to survive through the millennia in terms of balancing population size with food supply. The same is true now, but population numbers have been soaring for over a century. The limiting factor has been hidden, but this factor — oil and natural gas, or petroleum — is close to or beyond its peak extraction. Without ample, free-flowing petroleum, it will not be possible to support a population of several billion for long.

Famine caused by petroleum supply failure alone will result in about 2.5 billion above-normal deaths before the year 2050; lost and averted births will amount to roughly an equal number.

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If you missed my March 2 distribution of Goodchild’s “Food and Population,” see http://culturechange.org/cms


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