The green revolution arrived as a result of the efforts of Norman Borlaug who, while accepting the Nobel peace prize in 1970, said: “The green revolution has won a temporary success in man’s war against hunger and deprivation; it has given humanity a breathing space. If fully implemented, the revolution can provide sufficient food for sustenance during the next three decades. But the frightening power of human reproduction must also be curbed; otherwise the success of the green revolution will be ephemeral only.”
Ironically, Borlaug, not only foresaw mass human starvation, he also unwittingly contributed to it. While his great experimenting with crops yielded greater gains per acre, he facilitated massive population growth that exploded the world from 2.5 billion at the beginning of the last century to our enormously hungry and thirsty 7.1 billion humans in the 21st century. He unwittingly created even greater human starvation levels into the billions when the ax finally falls as to water, arable land and energy availability. The ax will fall upon humanity in this century.
We think we can outsmart Mother Nature. It looks okay in America in 2013. Let’s look deeper.
For millions of years, Mother Nature culled any species that overwhelmed its carrying capacity of water, food and resources. When we humans came onto the scene, our cleverness allowed us a small niche which became a larger niche and today, homo erectus meaning “clever ape”, rages across the planet with a self-evident arrogance that we can brutalize nature in any way we choose. We think we can poison the air, water and land without harm to ourselves. We think we can encroach on the rest of the natural world—yet remain unharmed and untouched by our folly.
Today in America, one out of six citizens suffers hunger.
Poverty in America:
- In 2011, 46.2 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty.
- In 2011, 9.5 million (11.8 percent) families were in poverty.
- In 2011, 26.5 million (13.7 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
- In 2011, 16.1 million (22.0 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
- In 2011, 3.6 million (9.0 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security
- In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.
These figures sober any American, but they do not begin to tell the story of 21st century world starvation dynamics. With our 316 million human population, we also suffer the highest obesity rates in the world with over half of our citizens overweight. But we also feature 40 + million Americans subsisting in food kitchens and food banks. A surprising 47 million live off food stamps.
In America, we gallop toward an added 138 million people by 2050—a scant 37 years from now.
How will our civilization survive the raging Four Horsemen?At the moment, we charge right into their cross hairs. First, we need a national discussion-debate. We need to come up with an “American Population Policy” of two children or less per female. We need to stop mass immigration. We need to encourage one-child families to overcome “population momentum” now eating up India and China. We need to be realistic and rational instead of emotional and religious.
In contrast, we must each stand in our own higher spiritual awareness. We cannot hope for good to ensue, we must act in order to create a viable civilization.