When Earth Can’t Produce Enough Food

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Us modern-day humans require a lot of food to keep us going, and we’re craving more than ever. But as the world population continues its inevitable march upwards, the question must be asked: What happens when the planet is no longer able to keep up?

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47 comments

Lucas September 8, 2013 - 10:34 AM

Tomara que isso possa ser feito ainda!

discountconsulting September 11, 2013 - 3:19 AM

Urban and suburban herding would be a great way to control grass without mowing. Modern shepherds wouldn't be bored if they're armed with smartphones. It would probably not be cost-effective if you had to pay people wages for babysitting and herding the animals around but for retirees and unemployed people, it would be a reason to get out of the house and kids would like having the animals around. The manure could be used as fertilizer for local gardens/farms.

werethless12 September 11, 2013 - 5:52 PM

I have said this on numerous other DNews videos and got flagged for spam and disliked to no end… -_-

Alan Garcia September 12, 2013 - 3:22 AM

vertical farms are a solution too!!!

sim September 12, 2013 - 4:26 AM

Eat more babies!… Problem Solved.

rwheeler9020 September 12, 2013 - 7:51 AM

ive thought about this but cant come up with a practical way to harvest everything and even grow things to their maximum size. any thoughts?

Alan Garcia September 13, 2013 - 9:51 AM

well, I don't necesarilly have an idea or a plan of my own on how to get there, but there are a few people working towards those ideas:
2 videos on vertical farming:
watch?v=cY7O5YNxKuI
watch?v=-ydeazX2W6M
a video on a project called Cybernated Farm Systems(CFS) which is oriented towards feeding undeveloped countries(not big cities)
watch?v=mL5laU-tY9Q
;)

00midnightcat September 14, 2013 - 10:38 AM

OK, how?

Alex Baraban September 14, 2013 - 10:45 PM

anyone else hate the new youtube annotation/ quality layout?

PeenalJuicePeenalJuicePeenalJuice September 18, 2013 - 6:21 AM

1. Provide better sexual education and birth control, less unwanted babies=less babies
2. require a license to become a parent. you need a license to drive a car, but not one to create and raise a whole new human being?
3. ream the threat of overpopulation deeper into people's minds

Not even that might be enough, though.

Germán Giménez September 18, 2013 - 8:34 AM

I KNOW THIS IS GONNA SOUND BAD,BUT I BLAME CHINA AND INDIA,BIG PROBLEM.THROW THEM A VIRUS OR SOMETHING.

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:35 PM

It may sound like a good solution, but you do realize that even if we somehow do convince people to be reasonable about their reproduction, we will encounter another problem:

Lots of old guys, and very few young people to take care of them & drive society due to lower amounts of birth.

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:38 PM

We don't necessarily have to become vegans.

We could exploit the same mechanics of cancer to create unending, growing sources of meat.
Maybe an immobile blob of beef that continuously grows & can be harvested for large quantities of meet, fed through using insects.

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:40 PM

The problem with reducing the amount of births is lack of manpower.

We'll end up with a tonne of old people with just a few younger people in comparison.

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:47 PM

There's a good number of problems with such a solution.

The first, most notable problem is something that you'll see should you ever come with such a proposal in politics.

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:50 PM

There was never really any attempt to 'advance' the human race by Hitler, what he had was pseudo science.

He only cared about aesthetics, such as color and shape, not the actual physical potential.

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:53 PM

The people who realize the danger of overpopulation will reduce their reproduction.

Everyone else will just continue to reproduce frantically as ever.

And in the end, only the people frantically reproducing without concern for the future will be left.

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:55 PM

If they didn't reproduce, only people who didn't care about global warming would be left.

So while it sounds paradoxical at first, it's equally paradoxical to not do it when everyone else are reproducing xD

Rettheran September 19, 2013 - 8:56 PM

Notice how different its government is from the west, however.

Just try passing such a bill in the US, just try :P

Vagelis4VP September 19, 2013 - 10:33 PM

lol…u dont need to feed any beef with insects. Its already produced in labs meat for human consumption, and i guess meat growing in farms will be a solution for meat eaters in the future. Of course when people get educated enough they will turn to vegans because its the smart thing to do.
As about overpopulation the solution is education and higher standard of living. Well developed countries are stable in their population, while in the poorer 3rd world counties we see increase in birth rates.

Rettheran September 20, 2013 - 8:56 PM

You don't get something out of nothing.

Even grown meet needs a sustenance to grow ;)

Vagelis4VP September 20, 2013 - 9:12 PM

yes, sure it needs something… but not insects… right now they can produce it from stem-cells, just like they experiment for growing organs for human bodies…
if u go to fastcoexist(dot)com there is an article,
"Lifestock: The Newest Player In The Growing Lab-Made-Meat Industry", which explains more about the process.

Rettheran September 21, 2013 - 2:19 AM

Insects are a super cheap source of protein though.

CynicalPixel September 27, 2013 - 6:52 AM

I think farming food nearby would be a really cool, because, not only would you not need to go to the regular store, you could also be more of a part of the community and bond.

Richard Gauthier September 29, 2013 - 7:03 PM

That would pretty much be All of our government leaders :P

Tom Durango October 12, 2013 - 6:31 AM

there gona have giant food or small food with a lot of calories?

Kevin Boylan November 5, 2013 - 4:36 AM

How is this not morally wrong? I suppose by your logic it's perfectly fine to mentally torture someone to the point of suicide because you're not ''actually'' hurting anyone and you're enhancing the gene pool. I can't think of anything more humiliating for a person than to say that they and any potential children do not meet certain qualifications and must oblige. I wouldn't want to live in that kind of society. Imagine enforcing this restriction or if a sibling didn't make it. Disgusting.

Kevin Boylan November 5, 2013 - 4:51 AM

It actually scares me reading his comments. Because this doesn't fall exactly into the definition of genocide he seems to think its perfectly justifiable even though you were just pointing out that it is certainly on the same spectrum. If he thought deeply about the nature of this society he is envisioning, I'd hope he would realise the depression and mass suicide it would cause and calculative mindset it would ingrain into society. Maybe I'm overreacting but I was surprised that some agreed.

Chris Hawke V November 20, 2013 - 3:27 PM

The best solution to all environmental issues: Control human population.

OnlineNamesAreStrange February 26, 2014 - 9:15 AM

The problem lies not in whether or not there will be enough food, but rather in whether or not there will be enough good.

K Hansen March 10, 2014 - 11:42 PM

We could just build huge Tower compleces as a inside grow greenhouse With massive amounts of co2 and other nutrients for planets to grow. A city of planets inside a huge skyscraper like Tower?

Andy Anon March 23, 2014 - 3:55 PM

LESS PEOPLE IS THE ANSWER!!!! 2 BABY LIMIT WORLD WIDE. ( if someone has triplets etc that's ok.)

Zift Ylrhavic Resfear April 28, 2014 - 7:56 AM

The 11 billion bit at 2100 is not what was expected from what i heard in a MOOC from a demograph.

What should be expected is 9 billion by 2050 then stabilisation and even possibly a reducing population.

See this TED talk about it : http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_on_global_population_growth

Sarah Byington May 31, 2014 - 1:53 AM

I had to privilege of hearing a lecture by the founder of the land institute, it's quite the interesting organization. He is very passionate about creating the perennial wheat.

David Jensen May 31, 2014 - 11:31 AM

I want a resource-based economy! This game for money is not cool… Please educate your self on this and spear the words as far and wide as you can! We can live in harmony with both our selfs and everything around us!

Braden Groundwater June 6, 2014 - 11:28 AM

2:01 

mrpattrike June 9, 2014 - 9:53 AM

we can eventually stop producing more than two child families across the globe

Haraldr October 25, 2014 - 3:10 AM

"if you wanna prevent this the first thing you wanna do is stopping climate change"

Armor Of God December 24, 2014 - 3:37 PM

god will always provide 

Xamufam December 27, 2014 - 7:29 PM

we can start hunting humans :P

FrodoOne1 May 25, 2015 - 9:36 PM

So "When the earth can't produce enough food", in "First World" countries, such as the USA and Eureopen (etc.) countries, the main "Health" problem of the population in those countries is "Obesity" – from having TOO MUCH of the WRONG food.
Currently, the main health problem in most of the world today (apart from Malaria) is either obesity or malnutrition.  "Evening out" the food supply will not cure either problem.

People who live in a society which "can do" tend to live to the max, eat the "wrong" foods and have problems with obesity.  Assuming that any individual wants to be "Saved" from obesity, the only way to "save" them is to teach them to limit their intake of the wrong foods and favor only the foods of their ancestors, whose metabolism they have inherited. (Since our human ancestors did not engage in agriculture, you may now wish to envisualize which foods should be excluded for best results!)

Virtually all of the populations suffering from malnutrition seem to depend upon agriculture for their sustenance.  So, it is likely that dependence upon agriculture is the wrong answer.
People who live in a society which "can't do" seem to be doomed to a short life span, because of undernourishment. Unfortunately, it seems that one needs to suggest that their lifespan is not short enough, in that they still have enough time in which to reproduce and thus inflict their problems upon their succeeding generations – etc., etc. and so on "ad infinitum".

Gabrielle Armstrong October 16, 2015 - 11:50 AM

humanity destroying earth killing animals good job you suck😑

monkeymanwasd123 December 27, 2017 - 7:04 AM

permaculture

k3kboi 66 January 8, 2018 - 8:49 PM

my family has a strong farming past all of my fore fathers were farmers and i am not a farmer but i keep a large garden whic is a mix of a decorative garden and a wegetable garden i keep it to sawe money for investing.

Luke Coulson March 20, 2018 - 4:32 PM

f#$k meat eat plants yo

Ahmed k January 4, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Look Jonny, everything you eat is generically modified, so you’re eating fake food

Prince Abraham April 28, 2020 - 1:39 PM

May God bless me with enough food.