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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 understand the evolution of the human race population without analyzing the development of food production and its impact in the environment. Having that said, the objective of this short essay is to describe the intrinsic connection between food and population through the writings of Thomas Malthus, Jared Diamond, and Michael Pollan.
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