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Microwave and Radio-Frequency Technologies in Agriculture by Peter Farrell, Mohan V. Jacob, Graham Brodie

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2 Some Brief Examples of Technical Innovation in Agricultural Industries

Thomas Malthus (1798) studied population growth in Europe. He estimated that population was increasing exponentially and resources were only increasing linearly; therefore population was increasing faster than food production. His final conclusion was that global starvation was inevitable.

More recent systematic studies of famine and starvation around the world have revealed that, although famines have occurred ever since the development of agriculture, many of the worst famines in recent history should be attributed to poor distribution of existing food supplies, rather than the ravages of natural disaster and the consequences of population growth outstripping food production ...

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