Recently in my wanderings through “Reddit-land” I came across a world map that divided the world’s population into four equally numbered regions.
This recalled another world map, one of a different kind, showing all the agricultural land is located geographically.
Superimposing the two I was startled by the differing distributions and what it implies. Most agricultural lands are existing in two narrow bands that cross the globe in both north and south temperate regions. When you consider population distributions you see that two of the largest agricultural regions exist in the least dense regions, the Americas and Europe. In the densest, only India has enough farmland to supply its population. But it may not be enough as its population increases.
When one considers how this will affect the world socially, politically and economically one only sees an increase in conflict, instability, and war.
Just a thought.
Here’s one more, all of the above doesn’t even give a consideration of how climate change will change the agricultural regions.
-A. M. Holmes