As a general rule, I prefer the blessings of specialization and free markets.
However there are many defective markets that exist primarily because of monopolies and lust for power.
Tyrants have used food to reward their followers and to starve their critics into oblivion. It is no different today.
The ruling elite have their papers declaring the world should have a population of 500 million. And they are not volunteering to eliminate themselves to achieve their goals… Who do they think should be sacrificed for their beliefs?