17 Aug: “Population Growth is not Outstripping Food Supplies”

In our book “Divine Nature,” Drutakarma and I have argued that the theories begun with British economist Thomas Robert Malthus (1766 1834) that “overpopulation” was a big problem have been proven false. Statistics show many post-Malthusian predictions have been wrong. These predictions would show that we’d be falling off the planet by now due to overcrowding. One thing such dire predictions didn’t reckon was the demoniac principle of ‘birth control.’ In fact population experts now tell us that by the year 2020, earth’s population will slip into a precipitous decline. Even now some European countries are having to “import” workers from ‘developing’ regions, in order to run their factories and keep their economies from falling into ruin. On 9 September 1971, Srila Prabhupada said this: “Everywhere there is sufficient land to produce food grains, not only in your country [USA]. I have traveled all over the world—Africa, Australia, and other, in America also. There is [sic] so much land vacant that if we produce food grains, then we can feed ten times as much population as at the present moment. There is no question of scarcity.