Following up on what OftenBen said, it is significant IMO that so many thinkers in the last couple hundred years were worried about this. It's certainly something that comes up in sci-fi (Stand on Zanzibar and The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner, for example), and Huxley saw it as a huge threat when he wrote Brave New World Revisited.

Technology has helped a lot, but at what cost? Hive worlds only "work" (and by that I mean "are hellscapes but don't fully collapse") thanks to entirely other planets devoted to farming.

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