Over Population.

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    Will the food supply be able to keep up?

    World Birth/Death Rates (2009 est.)1

    Birth Rate: Death Rate:
    20 births/1,000 population 8 deaths/1,000 population
    128.9 million births per year 53.4 million people die each year
    353,015 births per day 146,357 people die each day
    14,709 births each hour 6098 people die each hour
    245 births each minute 102 people die each minute
    4 births each second of every day almost 2 people die each second
     
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    MALTHUS WAS WRONG
    In 1798, Thomas Malthus warned that the world's population growth would eventually outstrip the world's food supply, bringing about starvation, disease and wars. Despite continued warnings from Malthus' supporters, humanity still flourishes.

    John Downen of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment argues that growth and managing the world's resources are not mutually exclusive, as evidenced by current population trends:

    The United Nations estimates that the world's population will peak at about 9 billion by 2075, then begin declining thereafter.
    In the poorest countries, where almost all population growth occurs, the average woman has only 2.9 children today, compared to 6.2 children in the 1950s.
    Additionally, fertility rates in European countries are below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman.
    As wealth increases and women become more educated, they tend to have fewer children. Furthermore, the world is not running out of resources, says Downen
    According to Downen, human ingenuity and technological advances allow societies to find better, more efficient ways of using resources, and a free market is the best way to foster such innovation.
    MALTHUS WAS WRONG
     
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    But since some farm land has been aimed at raising crops for fuel, will that change?
     
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    So was Paul Eherlich.
     
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    garrett hardin wasn't mistaken
     
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    Welcome to the board.

    Based on your post, I guess you believed in Chicken Little, too.
     
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    Here is the operative sentence: "As wealth increases and women become more educated, they tend to have fewer children..."

    As you probably know, selfishness rules, especially as a society becomes more wealthy. Thus the precipitous drop in replacement rates in so many countries.
     
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    Yes, the bigger issue is under population for most developed nations.

    The replacement birth rate (to just keep population stable), is 2.1 live births per woman. The U.S. at 2.05 is slightly under that rate due to immigrants. Our neighbor to the north is 1.58, a sign of serious trouble.

    Japan is at 1.2 - which is a death spiral, literally for the country.

    Much of Europe is below the replacement rate as well - which makes the Muslim immigrant problem worse. The immigrants are far more fertile, not assimilating, and intent on "reforming" those countries toward Sharia Law.

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2127rank.html
     
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    what has chicken little got to do with garrett hardin?
     
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