I do have a serious beef with George Monbiot though, which is his denial that the world is overpopulated, or that overpopulation is a problem. Which is totally illogical when you read his latest post, an open letter to Jyoti Fernandez, a supporter of pasture fed organic meat production. In his letter he describes the shortage of food in the Middle East and the lack of land to produce sufficient for the local population, and their high reliance on staple food imports to feed their population.
He writes Why have certain nations, especially in the Middle East and Africa, become so dependent on imports? Is it because of the dysfunctional, commodity-driven agricultural model you and I both contest? In part, yes. But, for many nations, the principal problem is more basic: they simply do not possess sufficient fertile land and water to feed their people, regardless of how that land is farmed. As climate breakdown accelerates soil degradation, loss of soil moisture, droughts, highly disruptive weather events and heat shocks that make outdoor work impossible, this fundamental issue will only worsen. Very large tracts of the planet will become unfarmable.
This is the elephant in the room he fails to acknowledge. Just three years after I was born the population of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) in 1950 was 104 million. It is now 500 million plus. Arid, low fertility landscapes with a quintupled population in less than one lifetime, and there's a food problem. Surprise, surprise.