I recently attended my “umpteenth” Agricultural Outlook Conference in Canberra. I am very aware of the frailties of human memory, but did feel that it was one of the best I have attended.I was particularly interested in the FAO and OECD papers on food supply, population growth,etc.
The achievements of India and China,in lifting millions out of poverty seems to me to demonstrate what can be done and provides great hope for the future of the planet and mankind.
Two key principles give rise to my optimism-
- There seems to be a consensus that global population will increase from the present 6.6bn to 9.1bn by 2050. This surely must place pressure on the environment.
- It has been clearly demonstrated that as nations lift themselves out of poverty, with much improved education, particularly of women, population growth ceases. Meanwhile the very poor countries have the greatest population growth and population growth has effectively ceased in the developed world.