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Will the World Starve Looking out a window upon a barren desert a dry wasteland unfolds as a carpet to nowhere Abandoned cities dot the horizon as the ruins speak volumes to the once populated extravagance of a country which lived on wealth and opportunity The vision just described is not one out of a Hollywood movie script but one that is not only possible but probable Currently the world population numbers over six billion with China alone cradling over one-sixth of the worlds total population With the world population increasing at a rate of one hundred million a year the numbers are expected to hit ten billion by the end of 2040 Most scientists agree that the maximum number of people that the earth can sustain is fifteen billion leaving the earth in a quandary before the end of the twenty-first century when the total world population is expected to reach a staggering sixteen to eighteen billion The consumption of the worlds natural resources due to this exponential growth could result in worldwide famine a complete breakdown in the world market uncontrollable outbreaks of disease and widespread crime and disorder Currently the ratio of land which can be used for agricultural endeavors is estimated to be one in nine acres The worlds produce producer is only a small sliver of a total land mass apple pie sliced into nine equal yet tiny slices and as the amount of soil suitable for agriculture dwindles the slice with which the world relies on continues to shrink Considering the little amount of available farmland it should be expected that there would be more of an effort to conserve this vital resource but unfortunately the issue has not yet risen to a level of global importance The amount of fertile topsoil is becoming more and more unusable for agriculture Water used for the irrigation of the worlds life giving crops contains naturally dissolved minerals and over
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