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January 16, 2012

Provisions Shortage Sparked Arab Spring

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Richard (Rick) Mills

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As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information

In 1798 32 year-old British economist Malthus anonymously published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” and in it he argued that human population’s increase geometrically (1, 2, 4, 16 etc.) while their food supply can only increase arithmetically (1, 2, 3, 4 etc.).

“The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man”. Thomas Robert Malthus

It is estimated that the population of the world reached:

  • One billion in 1804
  • Two billion in 1927
  • Three billion in 1960
  • Four billion in 1974
  • Five billion in 1987
  • Six billion in 1999

The second half of the 20th century saw the biggest increase in the world’s population in human history. Our population surged because:

  • Medical advances lessened the mortality rate in many countries 
  • Massive increases in agricultural productivity because of the “Green Revolution”

The global death rate has dropped almost continuously since the start of the industrial revolution – personal hygiene, improved methods of sanitation and the development of antibiotics have all played a major role.

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