“His 1968 book, The Population Bomb, sold in the millions with a jeremiad that humankind stood on the brink of apocalypse because there were simply too many of us. Dr. Ehrlich’s opening statement was the verbal equivalent of a punch to the gut: ‘The battle to feed all of humanity is over.'” In the NYT Retro Report, Clyde Haberman looks back at the unrealized horrors of the population explosion and wonders what went wrong. (I mean right.)

+ NPR: There are 200 million fewer hungry people than 25 years ago.