Here's a video for all the Malthusian friends in your life who like to harness their inner Thanos by crying about overpopulation and the production of food:
(For the record, cereal yield includes wheat, rice, maize, barley, oats, rye, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and mixed grains.)
"The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man," said the British Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus in 1798.
It was Malthus's claim that led to the rise of many notions in our society regarding the value and growth of human life. Margaret Sanger and her fellow eugenicists, for example, believed it was imperative we limit the population and breed only the "fit" to keep widespread starvation and violence from becoming an issue.
In 1980, Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich famously wagered that the earth could not sustain our growing global population past the year 2000. Direct quote:
"If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000."
Today, we're being told that we have to drastically change our diets and limit how many kids we have in order to save the planet. Mother Gaia depends on us eating crickets and aborting our children, comrade!
Heck, even at the beginning of the pandemic, I saw literal celebration that the virus might kill off a bunch of people and reduce our environmental impact!
Like all the doomsday prophets beforehand, such advocates fail to understand human ingenuity and potential. We've added literally billions of people past Malthus's predictions and we're still finding ways to feed more people in cheaper, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly ways.
It's almost like we were made in the image of God and have the ability to accomplish amazing things and solve complex problems...
Oh, and maybe that very God is watching out for us along the way.
It's food for thought!