Explore GLP podcast for debunking ‘The Population Bomb’ and more

February 21, 2024
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  • Technology is debunking predictions of mass starvation due to population growth.
  • Internet access may exacerbate mental health disorders like schizophrenia.

In episode 254 of Science Facts and Fallacies, Dr. Liza Dunn and Cameron English discuss how technological innovations continue to debunk predictions of mass starvation due to population growth. They highlight that advancements in crop breeding and chemistry have allowed for more food to be grown on less land than anticipated. However, they question why many still believe in a hunger-induced doomsday.

They also touch upon the negative effects of widespread internet access on mental health. Specifically, they mention concerns from mental health experts that the free exchange of conspiratorial claims online may amplify symptoms experienced by individuals with schizophrenia. This discussion underscores the dual nature of the internet as both a blessing and potential curse.

Another topic discussed is the sustainability of urban farming. While popular among city dwellers committed to sustainability, recent research suggests that urban agriculture may not be as climate-friendly as initially thought. Due to inefficiencies and an inability to scale, urban farming can actually release more CO2 emissions than conventional agriculture methods.

The podcast aims to provide insights on these pressing issues at the intersection of technology, mental health, and sustainability, shedding light on the complexity of modern challenges and solutions.

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