All good points. I guess I can admit there is a degree of “chicken and egg” in this debate — which came fisrt, agriculture or something else? Did you see my essay posted yesterday about medicine? There is evidence that the population problem accelerates as people learn how to prevent and treat disease. Agriculture then has to adapt in order to feed, clothe and house the increased population. I say agriculture has to do this because fibres/skins/fleeces for clothing are agricultural products. Housing, distribution and the manufacture of alternative materials reduce the amount of land available to agriculture.
An interesting discussion — thank you for participating.