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But how much of it is due to bumping into the limits of carrying capacity, and how much of it is due to economic inequality?

Currently, Denmark is producing 25 million pigs each year. In a country with 5-point-something million people. Those pigs are being fed perfectly good grain that is completely suitable for human consumption. Suppose we stopped doing that?

Further suppose we started growing food crops instead of cash crops. How many people can you feed with the fields that are currently being used to grow tobacco? Coffee?

And then there's the utter insanity of cutting down tropical rainforest in order to graze cattle - with the predictable result that the ground becomes utterly barren in a few years and even at peak production, the calories yield is lower than what you can harvest sustainably in the forest in the first place.

I am not sure that we can support 6.5 bn people on this planet. But I am not sure we can't either.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Apr 17th, 2008 at 10:35:43 AM EST
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Jake, maybe I am delusional, but I think the world can feed the 6.5 billion now and the 9 billion and change the world will reach at its height.

As far as pigs, I know from experience they can eat just about anything. When grain prices rise, this should rise the price of pig products and increase demand for alternative feed-stocks for the pigs. I do know they love our garbage (food waste products).

Rutherfordian ------------------------------ RDRutherford

by Ronald Rutherford (rdrradio1 -at- msn -dot- com) on Thu Apr 17th, 2008 at 07:16:39 PM EST
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