Population has proved its propensity to grow faster than its food supply until a balance is reached at the Asiatic level of subsistence. The less-developed countries continue in nutritional crisis largely because of inadequate application of food production technology and the resource requirements imposed by child dependency. Developed countries show much more promise of avoiding this tragedy through management of resources and populations.

Increases are essential in research, teaching and extension education in the many competencies comprising the technologies of food production and public health if food supply is to gain on population. Mechanical engineers must lead if that technology is to be applied through mechanization to bring about desired increases in the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the food industry, so people may heed their nutritional history and not relive it.

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