malthusian malthusian

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a believer in Malthusian theory
  2. (adj) of or relating to Thomas Malthus or to Malthusianism

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  • That's a pretty neo-malthusian statement about the inability of the planet's population to double or not.

News

  • Crop Yields

    According to the Malthusian theory of population, population increases in a geometrical ratio, whereas food supply increases in an arithmetic ratio. He was wrong because technology pushed improvements in yield at a far faster pace than population could grow. Still the idea is simple: There is only so much food that can be produced and if population grows then some one will starve Crop yields ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Environmental News Network

Quotes

  1. "I've never bought into these Malthusian, woe, Chicken Little, the earth is falling. I tend to be pretty optimistic," said Obama, once a long-shot candidate for the White House. "I wouldn't be here if I weren't pretty optimistic."
    on Mar 13, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Forbes

  2. Goldberg, however, agrees with the critique that "Wall-E" is a bit of "Malthusian fear mongering" from Pixar.
    on Jul 1, 2008 By: Jonah Goldberg Source: New York Times Blogs (blog)

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