The Poor Have More
Almost two centuries ago an Englishman named Thomas Malthus warned that the population would race ahead of the food supply. It would do so, he argued, because we can only add to the food supply, while the population multiplies. As a schoolboy I joined my classmates in laughing at Malthus, for history had proved him wrong. So I thought. I lived in Oregon, where wide - open spaces seemed only to ridicule the idea of too many people in the world. Besides no one I knew went hungry.
Students in Eugene, Oregon, no longer laugh at Malthus. Wrong in part, he was also partly right.
When I was born in 1928 the world population was on the verge of reaching two billion. It had taken the entire history of the human race from its very beginning until about 1830 to reach the one billion mark. It took a single century to add the second billion. But since then--within the 44 years from my birth--it has added almost two billion more. If I live to the turn of the century I will see a world with still another two or three billion inhabitants. During one lifetime the earth's living