Essay about Population and Food History

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The interaction between people and food is, in my opinion, one of the most sacred and fruitful relations in the history of humankind – in simple words, everyone loves to eat. A double cheeseburger with three slices of bacon, lettuce and tomato, mashed potatoes covered with brown gravy, stuffing, and a strawberry milkshake; unless it is served at Bruff, there is no more appetizing meal I can think of. Nonetheless, besides the satisfaction a certain clientele derives from consuming such savory type of food, little do they know about the congenital connections between what they are eating and global-reaching issues such as: climate change, poverty, economic fluctuations, and cultural distortions. Hence, it seems rather absurd to try to …show more content…
In his book, Diamond depicts an authentic analysis of the issue and defines collapse as “a drastic decrease in human population size and/or political, economic, or social complexity, over a considerable area, for an extended period of time.” This sort of collective structural decay tends to be caused, according to Diamond, by a set of five factors that prove to have a significant influence depending on the particular civilization that is being analyzed. The five-factor approach developed by Diamond blames societal collapse on: degradation of natural resources, climate change, inter-societal relations, trading patterns, and most importantly, cultural-based responses to environmental concerns. Because the environment is the prime supplier of food, it is imperative to comprehend how food can contribute to societal downfall, such as the Maya, Eastern Island, and the Greenland Norse collapses, or to foster a societal wellbeing, such as the Machakos Miracle. The Mayans, despite their sophisticated social organization and spectacular scientific discoveries, were not able to prevent a devastating collapse that would later become a leading incident in the study of the social failures. As expected by Malthus, the population experienced a steady

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