Friends, we wonder why mass starvation comes about. Tufts University has tried to figure that out with the help of the world’s experts on this matter. The material was pulled together by Robert Naiman with the help of Tufts University and Heather Stevenson at Tufts. And there was input from Alex de Waal , one of the world’s experts on this. He’s the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at Fletcher School. For this new book, he compiled the best available evidence of global famine deaths from 1870 – 2010 and used that data to analyze trends.
Tufts University sat down with him for some time to get this information. And they dealt first of all with the conventional wisdom of the “population bomb,” which has been with us for so many years. We’ve been worried about over-population when we don’t know what it is and we don’t ask overpopulation “of what?” The presume it’s people – well, they are entirely wrong. We have too many cars, cluster bombs, nuclear weapons, tanks, warplanes, too much fossil fuel and too much waste. We got it all wrong. We said we had too many people.
Alex de Waal questions that, and here’s how it came down:
In the popular imagination, famine is often connected with too many people and too little food—that is, with overpopulation and low agricultural production due to natural disasters such as drought. How does that line up with reality? (Read More)