Also another scientist, P. Ehrlich (and his statement of 1968), was repeatedly quoted by The Watchtower Society as a “proof” for their teaching on 1975:
Biologist Paul Ehrlich believes that actual worldwide famine is approaching. When? Back in 1970 he stated: “I think an estimate of 1975 is still as good as we can make, but it could be anywhere from 1972 to 1985, depending primarily on luck. I think the actual date is a quibble.” (The Watchtower April 1, 1974, p. 196);
“Massive Famine Hitting Millions. Earth’s ‘population explosion’ means that every day there are 200,000 more mouths to feed - 75,000,000 more each year. ‘It is already too late to avoid famines that will kill millions, possibly by 1975. . . . Already half a billion people are slowly starving, another billion are malnourished.’ - Biologist P. Ehrlich”. (Tract Is Time Running Out for Mankind? 1973);
“In the 1970’s the world will undergo famines - hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.” - “The Population Bomb,” by Dr. Paul Ehrlich. (True Peace and Security - From What Source? 1973, p. 82).
Interestingly, the newer version of the book True Peace and Security - How Can You Find It? (1986) does not contain the statement (see p. 78).
The similar statement of P. Ehrlich was included in a published book Is the Bible Really the Word of God? (1969, p. 125). Similarly the newer book on the Bible omits P. Ehrlich as its source (see The Bible - God’s Word or Man’s? 1989, pp. 139-141).
We list other publications referring to Ehrlich:
Awake! February 22, 1968, p. 31;
Awake! July 22, 1968, p. 30;
Awake! January 22, 1969, p. 15;
Awake! October 8, 1971, pp. 7, 28;
Awake! July 22, 1972, p. 12.
The other examples of statements pointing to famine in 1975:
With populations exploding all over the earth, many nations now stand at the brink of starvation, and disaster is predicted by experts for the mid-1970’s. (The Watchtower September 15, 1971, p. 561);
IN THESE days ominous warnings are being sounded of overpopulating the earth - population explosion! - and of world famine as early as the year 1975 C.E. (Paradise Restored to Mankind - By Theocracy! 1972, p. 282);
And the Arizona Republic said on June 2, 1968, that Professor R. Heilbroner of New York "predicted that in the early 1970's, 'the greatest catastrophe the world has ever known' will occur when population far outstrips the available food supply." (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 15);
Science magazine of November 28, 1969, observed:
“In the continued absence of better ways of heading off these multiple crises, our half-life may no longer be 10 or 20 years, but more like 5 to 10 years, or less. We may have even less than a 50-50 chance of living until 1980. (Awake! October 22, 1972, p. 12);
The Ithaca Journal of March 22, 1974, observed: “Normally restrained experts on energy, agriculture, population, and the global economy are starting to predict bankruptcy, social breakdown, and starvation for as many as one billion people by late this year or early 1975.” (...) World grain reserves are about exhausted... (Awake! November 8, 1974, pp. 10-11).
A book published in 1973, quotes the following statement of 1971:
As one prominent biologist expressed it:
“Some feel that the battle to feed the world population is now lost, and that it is a foregone conclusion that by 1985 we will have world-wide famines in which hundreds of millions of people will starve to death. I must admit that at this time I see no major crash program which would lead me to disagree with this conclusion.” (True Peace and Security - From What Source? 1973, p. 14).
Interestingly, the newer version of the book, True Peace and Security - How Can You Find It? (1986) does not include the statement (see pp. 14-15).
Besides, The Watchtower Society both quoted others and gave comments on the situation:
However, of this we can be sure: The 1970's will certainly see the most critical times mankind has yet known. (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 14).
At the end let us quote one of statements on famine made by The Watchtower Society after 1975:
Note, though, what Jesus actually warned about. His words do not indicate that, as the “great tribulation” draws close, the world situation will get to be such that everybody, everywhere, will be in a state of near starvation. (The Watchtower July 15, 1976, p. 441).
Is this statement a departure from all the former statements?