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(Live Science)   The only solution will be to create carbon-4 crops   (livescience.com) divider line 28
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2013-11-20 08:26:52 AM
The solution will be a virus that kills a large portion of said 11 billion persons... Mother Nature does not like to be out of balance, and we have foiled her previous attempts... It's coming, just a matter of when.

Muhuuwaa!!!!!
 
2013-11-20 08:43:53 AM
I thought current projections are that the world population is going to level off at about 9 billion.
 
2013-11-20 08:47:08 AM
Looking into their "11 billion" claim a little further -- it looks like every one of the links they cite is another Livescience.com article.
 
2013-11-20 08:57:42 AM

Vintowin: The solution will be a virus that kills a large portion of said 11 billion persons... Mother Nature does not like to be out of balance, and we have foiled her previous attempts... It's coming, just a matter of when.

Muhuuwaa!!!!!


Actually, it's pretty likely. The next big pandemic will be a doozy.
 
2013-11-20 09:01:04 AM

FourDirections: Vintowin: The solution will be a virus that kills a large portion of said 11 billion persons... Mother Nature does not like to be out of balance, and we have foiled her previous attempts... It's coming, just a matter of when.

Muhuuwaa!!!!!

Actually, it's pretty likely. The next big pandemic will be a doozy.


If we just spent some science money on bringing Dinosaurs back to life we could solve 2 problems with one awesome animal.  Release the dinosaurs into the wild, they will eat enough humans to reduce population.  Killing a dinosaur (since they are so large) will provide a lot of food for people.
 
2013-11-20 09:01:46 AM
Soylent Green and Carrousel
 
2013-11-20 09:17:02 AM
Ah yes, the quarterly article advising other people to eat bugs.
 
2013-11-20 09:26:50 AM

Arkanaut: I thought current projections are that the world population is going to level off at about 9 billion.


You are correct. The article took the "high" projection from the UN world population report and generated a scare article. Quote from the report:

"In these projections, world population peaks at 9.22 billion in 2075. Population therefore grows slightly beyond the level of 8.92 billion projected for 2050 in the 2002 Revision, on which these pro- jections are based. However, after reaching its maximum, world population declines slightly and then resumes increasing, slowly, to reach a level of 8.97 billion by 2300, not much different from the projected 2050 figure."
 
2013-11-20 09:28:45 AM

Vintowin: The solution will be a virus that kills a large portion of said 11 billion persons... Mother Nature does not like to be out of balance, and we have foiled her previous attempts... It's coming, just a matter of when.

Muhuuwaa!!!!!


Pretty much this, minus the insane laughter. And no, I don't think "nature" is going to cull us, but our monkey minds failing to grasp our inattentive toying with the levers of biology. In other words, "oops!".

It's the basis of "we mixed ebola and influenza at the lab today!"

A close runner-up scenario is a motivated gene-splicer deciding to take executive action.
 
2013-11-20 09:36:13 AM
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Mandatory "retirement" age of 65.
 
2013-11-20 09:49:25 AM
I imagine a future where Frenchmen will be small enough to fly on British Airways.
 
2013-11-20 10:57:16 AM
I think this headline is a reference to a scifi short story I can barely remember, but anyhoo my plant geek brain is compelled to point out that corn is already C4 and there is research into developing C4 rice.  So there.
 
2013-11-20 11:09:11 AM
Africa and parts of Asia will starve. The rest of the world will be sad about those poor hungry people for about an hour and then go back to doing other things.
 
2013-11-20 11:11:14 AM

starscream1690: I think this headline is a reference to a scifi short story I can barely remember, but anyhoo my plant geek brain is compelled to point out that corn is already C4 and there is research into developing C4 rice.  So there.


Sounds like a recipie for explosive diarrhea.
 
2013-11-20 11:30:09 AM

moistD: If we just spent some science money on bringing Dinosaurs back to life we could solve 2 problems with one awesome animal. Release the dinosaurs into the wild, they will eat enough humans to reduce population. Killing a dinosaur (since they are so large) will provide a lot of food for people.


Now I can't wait for raptor season to start.
 
2013-11-20 11:45:24 AM

hogans: moistD: If we just spent some science money on bringing Dinosaurs back to life we could solve 2 problems with one awesome animal. Release the dinosaurs into the wild, they will eat enough humans to reduce population. Killing a dinosaur (since they are so large) will provide a lot of food for people.

Now I can't wait for raptor season to start.


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veloci-tips ™
 
2013-11-20 11:54:21 AM

moistD: FourDirections: Vintowin: The solution will be a virus that kills a large portion of said 11 billion persons... Mother Nature does not like to be out of balance, and we have foiled her previous attempts... It's coming, just a matter of when.

Muhuuwaa!!!!!

Actually, it's pretty likely. The next big pandemic will be a doozy.

If we just spent some science money on bringing Dinosaurs back to life we could solve 2 problems with one awesome animal.  Release the dinosaurs into the wild, they will eat enough humans to reduce population.  Killing a dinosaur (since they are so large) will provide a lot of food for people.


And then we take all of the bones and offal and dump them into the swamps, and presto, crude oil.
 
2013-11-20 12:03:11 PM

starscream1690: I think this headline is a reference to a scifi short story I can barely remember, but anyhoo my plant geek brain is compelled to point out that corn is already C4 and there is research into developing C4 rice.  So there.


Don't be silly. The solution is clearly to move to organic and heirloom lines, which yield only a fraction of current large-scale crops. Starving brown people in faraway places is much better than taking the chance that your precious child might inadvertently be exposed to food with genes in it.
 
2013-11-20 12:08:22 PM
Start investing in getting off this rock and colonizing other words
 
2013-11-20 12:10:49 PM

jfarkinB: starscream1690: I think this headline is a reference to a scifi short story I can barely remember, but anyhoo my plant geek brain is compelled to point out that corn is already C4 and there is research into developing C4 rice.  So there.

Don't be silly. The solution is clearly to move to organic and heirloom lines, which yield only a fraction of current large-scale crops. Starving brown people in faraway places is much better than taking the chance that your precious child might inadvertently be exposed to food with genes in it.


Even as obvious snark this part if the comment made my brain want to commit suicide.
 
2013-11-20 01:02:51 PM
The solution, of course, is to improve women's rights and education, and roll out more cheap TV's and evening programming.

Seriously, the Baby Boom ended when Jack Paar started The Tonight Show.
 
2013-11-20 02:02:11 PM
FTFA: "Changes to the food supply - which can occur when crop production is reduced by extreme weather events or when countries designate a portion of food crops to be turned into fuel, like the United States does with 40 percent of its non-exported corn crop - can push up food prices and affect people's ability to afford food. Using corn to produce ethanol has caused corn prices to increase..."

WHAT? Burning a large hunk of your food can increase food prices!?!?!?!?!?!?

UNPOSSIBLE! DOUBLPLUSUNTRUE! KILL THE HERETIC!
 
2013-11-20 03:12:27 PM

Silly_Sot: FTFA: "Changes to the food supply - which can occur when crop production is reduced by extreme weather events or when countries designate a portion of food crops to be turned into fuel, like the United States does with 40 percent of its non-exported corn crop - can push up food prices and affect people's ability to afford food. Using corn to produce ethanol has caused corn prices to increase..."

WHAT? Burning a large hunk of your food can increase food prices!?!?!?!?!?!?

UNPOSSIBLE! DOUBLPLUSUNTRUE! KILL THE HERETIC!


Iowa would move their primaries to the day after the last election if we let them.  I say make the corn belt and big farm less politically important.
 
2013-11-20 03:50:55 PM

jfarkinB: starscream1690: I think this headline is a reference to a scifi short story I can barely remember, but anyhoo my plant geek brain is compelled to point out that corn is already C4 and there is research into developing C4 rice.  So there.

Don't be silly. The solution is clearly to move to organic and heirloom lines, which yield only a fraction of current large-scale crops. Starving brown people in faraway places is much better than taking the chance that your precious child might inadvertently be exposed to food with genes in it.


I do appreciate a good snark but what would help a lot more in guaranteeing food for brown people is political stability in brown people countries. Zimbabwe without idiots at the helm would produce enough food to alleviate most of the famines in Africa. Ethiopia without the wars would produce enough food to feed themselves. And this could go on for a while.

Another fun fact is that very few stores sell "ugly" food. Misshapen bell peppers, cucumbers with too much of a curve, fruit that is too small, too large or not quite the "normal" colour etc. tends to be thrown away (or turned into animal food if we're lucky).
 
2013-11-20 05:56:54 PM
As an obese American (6'3, 266lbs), I'm doing my part by eating ovo/lacto vegetarian.  It means less water, land, and crops being dedicated to raising animals.

Then again, I still have the whole ovo/lacto dependence on animal raising. :/
 
2013-11-20 06:13:28 PM

DerAppie: I do appreciate a good snark but what would help a lot more in guaranteeing food for brown people is political stability in brown people countries. Zimbabwe without idiots at the helm would produce enough food to alleviate most of the famines in Africa. Ethiopia without the wars would produce enough food to feed themselves. And this could go on for a while.


My thoughts on Zimbabwe are very similar to my thoughts on Detroit.

"Yes, the white people were racist motherfarkers, and yes, they spent a couple centuries keeping you down, but as a side effect of that, when you stole all their land and kicked them out of the country, you also kicked out most of your wealth and farming know-how.  What exactly did you expect was going to happen?  That the magical food unicorn was going to show up and feed people?"
 
2013-11-21 01:11:59 AM
We just need to feed even more antibiotics to our livestock. Nature will then fix the problem for us.

/Darwin to the rescue!
 
2013-11-21 07:39:32 AM
We were supposed to be at 10 billion right now.
Know what happened to the 4 billion people that didn't make it since we reached 7 billion?
They died for lack of food.

Self regulating systems are fun!
 
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