Posts Tagged ‘Malthus

The latest spiked Review of Books includes an extended version of my review of Anatole Kaletsky’s Capitalism 4.0. Several other pieces in the issue are relevant to growth scepticism including reviews by Sean Collins (on Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom), Brendan O’Neill (on Anthony Burgess’ The Wanting Seed) and Rob Lyons (on Simon Fairlie’s book on meat […]

Evidently Oxfam GB is planning a campaign on “food justice in a resource constrained world”. It is unlikely to be blatantly Malthusian in the sense of openly advocating population control. However, it looks set to start from the Malthusian premise of natural limits to economic growth.

No “articles of note” for a while and then two come along at once: Population bomb still a fizzer 40 years on, the Australian, by Oliver Marc Hartwich. A critique of environmentalism’s worship of nature. Fair trade does not help the poor, report says, Daily Telegraph, by Harry Wallop. Discusses a report from the Institute […]

The latest programme in the BBC World Service’s One Planet series – a useful way of following environmental debates – was on the “taboo” subject of population. For me two things stood out: * John Guillebaud of the Optimum Population Trust was anxious to come across as an egalitarian and an opponent of coercion. He […]

I regret not having time to read many novels, let alone follow the literary scene, but it is hard to avoid the phenomenon that is Jonathan Franzen. He recently became the first living novelist to appear on the cover of Time magazine in a decade, where he talked about Freedom, his long-awaited novel. I was […]

Robert Edwards, one of the inventors of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) technology, is a worthy winner of this year’s Nobel prize for medicine. Thanks to his efforts, and those of his research partner Patrick Steptoe who died in 1988, some four million extra infants have already been born to couples with fertility problems since 1978. […]

“Food security: feeding the world in 2050”  is the theme of the September 27 issue of The Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B (biological sciences). The full text of this comprehensive review of the subject, including numerous articles by leading scientists, is freely available.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy magazine. Do rises in affluence, population or meat consumption necessarily lead to increases in food prices? It is a fair bet, judging by the discussion of the surge in global food prices, that most people would answer “yes”. The correct answer of course is “no”. The key […]

I have an article in tomorrow’s Australian on the frequent use of the term “sustainability” in the country’s election debate.

This is a link to my blog post for the Policy Press website on the announcement of the Royal Society’s new study into the effects of human population growth.