Malthusian catastrophe examples
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20 Oct 2005 07:10 PDT
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Has a malthusian-type catastrophe ocurred anywhere, with any species? Is there an example easily replicated in an AP Environmental Science class?
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Re: Malthusian catastrophe examples
From: frde-ga on 21 Oct 2005 08:37 PDT
Surely Malthus's dismal theory simply stated that over population leads to starvation. Nothing to do with exogenous disease (which made serfs valuable) The Vikings were on marginal lands, and probably could not be bothered. Malthus was probably totally wrong. Those areas that are a bit 'dodgy' yield enormous amounts of food. The areas that are naturally fecund produce people that have no concept of 'winter' and are therefore irresponsible. During the 100 years war it was not unusual to suspend hostilities for the harvest season. Personally I reckon that Malthus got it wrong, he forgot to introduce social cohesiveness into the 'equation' - Japan disproves his thesis.
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