posted: 15 Jun 1997
updated: 15 Feb 1998
What are your thoughts of on solving world hunger? Do you think that theearth is near reaching its carrying capacity? One view is that populationgrowth is more in the hands of family planning organizations than in thehands of farmers because world grain outputs, etc. have not drasticallyincreased in recent years. Do you have any resources you recommend for melooking further into possible solutions to alleviating world hunger?
...and the response:
cyclically throughout the community of life—daily, even hourly. If a creature feels hunger is this some kind of "problem"? Does "solving" world hunger mean "eliminating" hunger? This, to me, is simply meaningless. You say that "one view" is that population growth is "more in the hands of
family planning organizations." This isn't just "one view," this is the dominant view of our culture. To say that world grain outputs have not "drastically" increased in recent years misses the point. The point is that they have increased SUFFICIENTLY to keep the world population growing catastrophically.
If you've read my books, you'll know that I haven't talked about "alleviating world hunger." This is partly because I don't know what "world hunger" is. Whatever it is, it's not threatening to make our planet
uninhabitable to our own species (and many others). On the other hand, our population explosion IS threatening to make our planet uninhabitable---and
this is where my attention is focused.
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