Population and Food History

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The interaction between people and food is, in my opinion, one of the most sacred and fruitful relations in the history of humankind – in simple words, everyone loves to eat. A double cheeseburger with three slices of bacon, lettuce and tomato, mashed potatoes covered with brown gravy, stuffing, and a strawberry milkshake; unless it is served at Bruff, there is no more appetizing meal I can think of. Nonetheless, besides the satisfaction a certain clientele derives from consuming such savory type of food, little do they know about the congenital connections between what they are eating and global-reaching issues such as: climate change, poverty, economic fluctuations, and cultural distortions. Hence, it seems rather absurd to try to understand the evolution of the human race population without analyzing the development of food production and its impact in the environment. Having that said, the objective of this short essay is to describe the intrinsic connection between food and population through the writings of Thomas Malthus, Jared Diamond, and Michael Pollan. The quest for a definite understanding of the relation between population and food can be traced back to the late 1790’s when reverent Thomas Robert Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population.” In his essay, Malthus describes humans’ necessity for food and reproduction patterns as fixed laws of nature that will remain unchanged unless the creator of the universe intervenes. Moreover, Malthus proceeds to assert that population’s geometrical ratio of increase is a prominent threat to the earth carrying capacity’ arithmetical growth ratio. “An Essay on the Principle of Population” concludes by arguing that in order for humankind to succeed, it is vital... ... middle of paper ... ... prime role in their respective collapses, because they were the ones that ordered the deforestation of their forest and misconducted the allocation of their capital stock. Machakos offers us the opportunity to learn how imperative it is for humans to understand the obligation of preserving the environment and applying innovative agricultural techniques. Michael Pollan, through his singular way of looking at food, implore consumers to change their current eating pattern and, as silly as it sounds, start eating food - food that is provided by nature and not by scientists. In conclusion, the complex relation between food and population is hard to describe in a four pages essay in a week. (Little joke) The significant idea to retain is that what, where, and how we eat matters and food will have a remarkable impact in the way our society will evolve in the future.
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