Tremendous pessimism on this thread. We also thought we were going to run out of oil by now and technology and science has helped us find more oil and more effeciently extract it. The cause of starvation is not finite resources but political corruption. The point brought up earlier about the sun being a finite resource probably best describes the point. You have to make a lot of assumptions about the future to claim that we are running out of anything. Need and Necessity are the mother of all inventions. Of course we are not producing a giant excess of food right now. This is not death a nail for the future it is simply a reality of how supply and demand works. Why would we want tons of excess food? What a waste of resources. I think the larger question to be asked is who should be responsible for the population limits envisioned in this thread. On who's authority and which elites will retain the power and force to ensure these dictates are followed? People left free will solve these problems without the need for force. Attempts at centrally planning solutions to population problems are problematic at best and in all likelyhood would be catastrophic. Remove barriers to trade, barriers to work, barriers to create businesses and let people go about the needed work of fulfilling the needs/demands of the world population. The eventual scarcity in resources as postulated if it ever becomes a problem will become apparent in price actions in the market. Today prices go down with increases in efficency and productivity so cleary resource contraints are not the issue.