Green revolution could still blow up in our face

IF YOU happen to have a copy in your bookcase of Paul Ehrlich’s sensational and much-maligned book, The Population Bomb, perhaps you should resist the temptation to donate it to your local op shop. Forty years ago, Ehrlich, a learned Stanford professor, predicted that food shortages and a rising population would soon starve millions and create world-wide disaster. His ominous forecasts caught the imagination of the public and were a considerable contributor to the rise of the anti-global warming movement.

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