Questions from reading?. Population and resources – the work of Malthus, the Club of Rome and Boserup /Simon. Objectives To evaluate the connection between population and resources To Judge the optimistic and pessimistic viewpoints on the connection between population and resources.
Population and resources – the work of Malthus, the Club of Rome and Boserup/Simon
To evaluate the connection between population and resources
To Judge the optimistic and pessimistic viewpoints on the connection between population and resources
The average American consumes 300 times as much energy as the average Bangladeshi
In many LEDCs, scarcity of food among the poor is partly due to an uneven distribution of land ownership & people power: S. Africa, 47% of land is owned by 2% of the population!
The UN states that food supplies might be adequate to feed the world’s population if they were distributed evenly!
Thomas Malthus: An Essay on the Principle of Population 1798. Predicted a pessimistic view on the dangers of overpopulation & claimed that food supply was the main limit to population growth
Malthus believed the popn increases geometrically (2,4,8,16,32etc) whereas food supply ca only grow arithmetically (2,4,6,8etc) being limited by available new land
‘Necessity is the mother of invention’
Since 1798 there have been many ways in which food production has increased:
1st 5 minutes – What are the arguments made for Malthus and Boserup? What evidence is cited?
How are China and Mauritius coping with population change? Mention actual SPECIFIC aspects of their policies
Review – Do China and Mauritius support a Malthusian or Boserup position? Give evidence to support your view
A Malthusian disaster awaits;