Forbes on Consuming Natural Resources

“free people don’t ‘exhaust resources.’ They create them” (Forbes,12 September 1994, p. 25).

An article in U.S. News & World Report entitled “Ten Billion for Dinner Please,” states that the earth is capable of producing food for a population of at least eighty billion, eight times the ten billion expected to inhabit the earth by the year 2050. One study estimates that with improved scientific methods the earth could feed as many as one thousand billion people (“Ten Billion for Dinner Please,” U.S. News & World Report, 12 September 1994, pp. 57–60).

Those who argue for sustainable growth lack vision and faith. The Lord said, “For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare” (D&C 104:17). That settles the issue for me. It should settle the issue for all of us. The Lord has spoken. — Trying to Serve the Lord Without Offending the Devil, BYU Speech by James E. Faust