Friday, October 4, 2019

Food Production ≠ Starvation

Jared Diamond argues that increasing food production leads to starvation:
Archaeologists studying the rise of farming have reconstructed a crucial stage at which we made the worst mistake in human history.

Forced to choose between limiting population or trying to increase food production, we chose the latter and ended up with starvation, warfare, and tyranny.
In other words, man had a choice between population control (killing people) or feeding them, and the great tragedy of history is we found a way to fed ourselves.

His argument is built comprehensively on an evolutionary view of history. If you believe that advanced development of man is but a brief recent footnote compared to a vast amount of time for evolutionary development, then there is some logic to his conclusion that “Hunter-gatherers practiced the most successful and longest lasting lifestyle in human history.”

To paint the hunter-gatherer period of history or of a society as idyllic compared to the practice of private property and the ability to store food does not bear itself out with what we see today.

Diamond argues that agriculture produced population density which produced inequality (between the “elite” who stored food and those who did not) and increased the risk of parasites, diseases, and epidemics.

Today the left supports population density. Those who work in agriculture are in some of the least densely populated areas and “flyover country” is hardly considered the elite of society.

The very first thing God said to man was, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). That statement of purpose has been under attack ever since. The crazy part of that is these are joyful words. Jared Diamond may be puzzled by this, but it's true.

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