So, you may ask why I, who blog mostly surrounded by the soul of humankind, attended a lecture entitled “GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS-WAS MALTHUS RIGHT?” Well, it turned out it wasn’t a lecture at all. It was just pure edification! (Presenter gave permission to use his title.) So, let’s start with his title, one word at a time….
GLOBAL: you and me baby and everyone else too. FOOD: the physical sustenance of humankind. CRISIS: disaster, emergency, catastrophe… MALTHUS: The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834) formulated his theory of Natural Selection; a writer of great significance and controversy and read notably by Charles Darwin.
So, I’ve never been much for statistics, but these seem important: 220,000 people are born each day on earth; the Dust Bowl (1931-1939) happened at a time of economic depression coupled with drought, unusually high temperatures, poor agricultural practices and resulted in wind erosion; 1,000 tons of water is needed to produce one ton of grain; in the Middle East water is scarce, and over the last century its consumption has increased faster than the population; 70% of the world’s fresh water is used to irrigate crops.
So, you may ask why it matters about The Seeds of Life, genetically modified or not and theories like Natural Selection… Well, until we die, it is the seed planted in the soil and fresh-watered that is the grain of our Physical Sustenance. Our Soul Sustenance… Well, that’s the water of time without end.