HUMAN SURVIVAL By the year 2000 HOW WILL WE FEED THE WORLD'S 6 BILLION?
Donald D Schroeder
The world failed to replenish its depleted food stocks in 1975, and the outlook for the hungry in 1976 is bleak. Bumper grain harvests In North America were offset by poor crops in Europe and the Soviet Union. Year-end wheat stocks are likely to be even lower than in 1974 when they were drained by a worldwide food shortage. As a result, the world will be dependent for what it eats in 1976 on what it grows - UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL news release, December 29, 1975. Silently, ominously, inexorably, the food-population crisis is closing in on our overcrowded world - now containing four billion people as of November 1975. It is the most complex and nearly insoluble problem that has ever faced the human race. Next to nuclear annihilation, this crisis is the greatest threat to survival for hundreds of millions of the earth's inhabitants. Yet it is largely an ignored crisis. Already the world is hard pressed to keep food supplies ahead of population growth and food demand.
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