Malthus foiled again and again

Nature. 2002 Aug 8;418(6898):668-70. doi: 10.1038/nature01013.


Throughout history, increasing population has driven the need to increase agricultural efficiency, so averting successive 'malthusian' disasters. In the twentieth century, the application of scientific knowledge to agriculture yielded tremendous dividends, enabling cereal yields to increase threefold since 1950. But with the world's population projected to reach nine billion by the middle of this century, new ways must be found to increase yields while preserving natural habitats and biodiversity.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture / history
  • Agriculture / methods*
  • Agriculture / trends
  • Animals
  • Conservation of Natural Resources / methods
  • Ecosystem
  • Food, Genetically Modified / adverse effects
  • Food, Genetically Modified / standards
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Population Growth*