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Today if the Western Hemisphere would stop all exports of food to the Eastern Hemisphere? Death as a result of starvation would sky-rocket
So what happens when the population of the Western Hemisphere can only feed itself???
To satisfy the world's sanitation and food requirements would cost only US$13 billion- what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.
The earth can handle far more people than we have right now, probably 10 times as many if we were smart about it.
When you look at Mexico City or Tokyo of course it seems overcrowded but look at Siberia or Wyoming and there's hardly anyone there. We also have the ability to build on the ocean, under it, or underground if the need was there.
Point is that if humans all worked together there really is no limit to how many people the earth could hold or how much food we can produce to feed them. The fact that we do not do this is not indicative of the fact that it is not possible.
Its more than possible and when humanity gets to that breaking point I'm sure we will find a way to make it work.
reply to post by Kashai
My answer is to set up a biotech company where we grow our food in a petri dish.
In fact I am close to starting the trials of petri-burgers in the lab .