We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
except that they won't be... According to Malthus the earth could only hold about 100 million people before overpopulation would cause worldwide famines that'd kill off 90% of the population.
He made that prediction at a time there were already a billion people on the planet...
Malthusians have been screaming about global famine and population explosion for over a century, each time predicting it a few decades in the future. They never take into account advances in agriculture, trade, etc.
Of course they don't want that, they want those famines, they want to depopulate the planet and "restore it to its natural state" with only themselves (and some slaves of course) as "guardians of nature".
Our federal government is already setting up this country to be part of that solution. They intend toflood the country with immigrants. It is happening today and every year the numbers of illegals and legals increase. In 20 years most of those "poor" people will be here and you will be supporting them.
I've read that Africa has never had a population at its carryin capacity.
What keeps the number of Africans below their capacity to feed themselves is the germ load. the more modern medicine can prevent tropical diseases (at reasonable costs), the more the population of Africa will grow.
As Africans enter the modern world, they will, just like other modern world populations, start using fertility controls to limit population. It is natural as people move away from agrarian subsistence and children move from being a family farm asset to expense. Once there is reduction in childhood death, the trend is to have fewer children but spend more resources on them for education, etc.
In a world with trade, famine is almost solely caused by government.