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Geography, Maria Brandi, Mr. Oakey Thomas Malthus, born in England on the 13th of February 1766, was an English demographer who became famous because of his theory of population which he has written down in two books. His theory was that the Population grows exponentially and that the food supply stays linear. That means that the population increases really fast, but the supply of food does not increase which signifies that there is not enough to provide everyone. And he says that there are just two ways to balance the unequal development. The first one is through a higher death rate, for example trough war, famines or hunger, the problem could be solved. Or the other possibility is the conscious prevention like condoms to have the conscious boundary of fertility. ...read more.


But in contrast to this increase, in 2100 the number will decrease which would give the impression that Malthus could have been right with his theory. It is not possible to anticipate a war for such a long time before, so that means this decreasing must be due to a decrease of resources. In the year 2100 the resources will not be utilised. But for example the oil and other resources in the Middle East will be reduced to about 40%. It does not mean that they are exhausted but it will be that we have to access to the Middle East, but in case America will be like at the moment in a conflict with them it will probably a big problem and which could be difficult to solve. ...read more.


That would indicate that the water restrictions increases and the population will not have enough water. Because "population growth naturally leads to development". Malthus did not see the technical development in those days which will be achieved. Nowadays, we are able to work with gene-alter and can manipulate the natural resources. That means we know how to redouble the minority of resources, which we need. In my opinion both have the truth in their theories. Thomas Malthus was right with his statement that when the population increases that the resources decrease but on the other hand Ester Boserup is right with her declaration that if the world realises that they run out of resources or have a problem, they are pressured to find or invent alternatives. So as a conclusion for me, there is not a right or false theory. Maria Brandi, Geography, Mr. Oakey ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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