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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 2. Population / a. Human population]

Full Idea

The combined mass of homo sapiens is about 300 million tons; the mass of all domesticated farmyard animals is about 700 million tons; the mass of the surviving larger wild animals (from porcupines up) is less than 100 million tons.

Gist of Idea

People 300m tons; domesticated animals 700m tons; larger wild animals 100m tons


Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: brief history of humankind [2014], 18 'Permanent')

Book Reference

Harari,Yuval Noah: 'Sapiens: a brief history of Humankind' [Vintage 2014], p.392

A Reaction

These really are figures that deserve much wider currency. Every school entrance hall needs a board with a few of the basic dramatic statistics about human life on Earth.