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Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper by Robert Bryce

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DENSER CHEAPER FOOD PRODUCTION

In 1968, Paul Ehrlich grimly declared, “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”1

When Ehrlich made his dire prediction, the global population was 3.5 billion.2 Today, the world has more than twice that many people (about seven billion), and yet the death rate today is lower than it was when Ehrlich made his claim.

What happened? Better farming happened.

What Ehrlich overlooked, and his fellow catastrophists ...

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