We Embrace the Greedy Food Miracle at Our Peril

By Donald A. Collins | 13 May 2020
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The May 9, 2020 issue of The Economist on page 8 in an article entitled “The Food Miracle” sub titled “Supply Chains and the pandemic” which artfully manages to ignore mention of the urgent but ignored population growth issue as a factor in feeding us now and in the future.

The article joyously tells us that “The global supply of food has nearly tripled since 1970, as the population has doubled to 7.7 billion.

“At the same time, the number of people who have too little to eat has fallen from 36 percent of the population to 11 percent.”

Then it explains the intricacies of the international food supply chain and how delicate it is and how subject it is to disruption.

The article then tells us “But the rest is not over yet. As the industry has globalized, it has grown more concentrated, creating bottlenecks.”

Coronavirus hasn’t helped but the point which the article steadfastly refuses to make is why more and more people make the planet safer or better!

The reason they don’t make that point is that there is money to be made with those added stomachs!

No reference is made to the environmental costs which were accrued when Norman Borlaug gave us his miracle wheat in the late 1960’s along with a warning about the need to reduce human numbers.

You can access my recent Borlaug piece here. More food required as it did for his wheat, more water, more fertilizer and more land under cultivation which as we have seen does not help the environment!

This growth is a form of madness engineered by greed not charity.

So where do these food providers see this process going? To more and more of course!

“The work of the food supply system is not done yet. In the next 30 years supply needs to trident by about 50 percent to meet the needs of a wealthier, growing population, even as the system’s carbon footprint needs to halve.”

To do this next unnecessary program we are told:

“A new productivity revolution is required, involving everything from high tech greenhouses near cities to fruit picking robots. This is going to require all the agility and ingenuity that markets can muster, and huge sums of private capital.”

Folks, these private capital folks don’t seem to care about the cost, as human numbers go from 8 billion to 10 billion people for no reason other than greed. But if this unsustainable growth collapses, everyone loses.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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“You can’t build peace on empty stomachs.” Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.

Jane Goodall @ Population Matters Conference 2019

Final Warning Limits to Growth

The Threat of Overpopulation

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