Population hysteria is all the rage, but this one tops any I have seen to date.
To meet the food and fiber needs of a world population projected to double just 20 years from now will require a more productive agriculture and an increased utilization of technology, says Russ Green.First, let's examine the assertion here. No matter how I read it, Mr. Green seems to be under the impression that in 2030 our population will be over 13 billion people. (Today = 6.8B, 2X = 13+B)
“By 2030, we’ll have to feed twice as many people as today,” the president of Claas of America, Inc., said during a recent Mid-South visit. “We’ve broken about all the land we can — which means we’ll have to do better with what we have, using technology and science to produce more on available land.” [More]
Let's look at some other population projections for perspective.
First, from the UN 2004 Estimates and the US Census Bureau.
Notice that 13B by 2030 is mildly off the map of even the highest expert estimate.
OK, maybe those UN lefties are low-balling the chart. Let's see what our own Yankee-Doodle Demographers estimate.
I could go on, but you get my point. The central point of Mr. Green's remarks, I think, was to blast the HSUS, but while that always plays well with farmers, doing it with fatuous numbers won't cut it in the Google information universe. Either the guy is badly misinformed, or the reporter didn't bother to research and ask the obvious question, "What do you base that statement on?"
Either way it is a shabby performance all 'round, IMHO.
Yo - Penton. Hire a fact-checker.