Re: Good Freekin' Lord...
Generally agree with your sentiment, the world is not about to end.
However, I don't fully agree with
>tends to be
bought up grown -- and a good proportion of that left to rot -- by the wealthy nations
If Nigeria's population, for example, is set to peak @ 750M by 2100 (by some high-end estimates*), then, what is our responsibility in the matter? The fact that population grows most in poor countries is not surprising. However the fact that most of the surplus food is grown in countries that are managing their population is going to make for rather uncomfortable ethics. Giving away food, as some well-intentioned people tend to suggest - "we grow enough in North America to feed everyone" - has the potential to be pretty much the death knell of many African farmers' businesses and make the rest dependent on our goodwill.
Also, Nigeria is part of tropical Africa. There's a lot of space, but without looking into it, I wouldn't be sure that its forests would support mass agriculture to the extent needed by these numbers. Looking at Brazil for example, the Amazon does not make for a perfect grain growing area.
i.e. the world will not end, but it would be nice if we stopped pretending that countries' decision to be irresponsible wrt population growth is their God-given right. Also speaking of God-given rights, it'd also be nice if certain rich nations stopped throwing spanners in family planning projects, just to please their Bible-thumping constituents. Coercion is not the answer, and is ethically shaky, but surely helping them to slow down gradually is in our mutual interest.