I read a dramatic statistic something like 3 out of 5 living humans owe their existence to food that could be grown due to Haber's work. But was there a time when anyone said, we need to be able to dramatically increase the world population? Was it understood in fact that greater food production capacity would have this effect?

I could see business leaders perhaps wanting more workers and more people to sell products to although I would guess it would be the food producers themselves who wanted cheaper fertilizer (which prior to Haber-Bosch was obtained from sources like bat guano).

  • $\begingroup$ This research was carried out in World War in Germany. Certainly, there was no plan to increase the population but perhaps it was meant to decrease the population. This link provides more realistic numbers with high quality references ourworldindata.org/… $\endgroup$
    – M. Farooq
    Sep 28 '20 at 1:36
  • $\begingroup$ Generally there was a movement to not let your own people starve as a result of not being able to get fertilizer (and an appreciation that the guano deposits were running out fast). $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Sep 29 '20 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ The original plan was to give food to people who has no food. The birds and bees part came naturally. $\endgroup$
    – Greg
    Dec 31 '20 at 12:35

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