Re: Population Explosion: The real threat and what are we to do?Mar 19th, 2007
China has well over one billion people but manages to feed its population quite well. All it takes is for those other nations to develop the same technological advancements.
2.) It has a declining birthrate because it saw the writing on the wall and instituted harsh policies (leading to massive wealth generation)
3.) Technology has nothing to do with it.
The West can develop wealth and feed itself because it has a declining population. The rest of the world cannot, and increases population ever faster than food supply. This is called a population cycle, it happens to all things in nature. Your population grows till a breaking point, then 90% of your population dies off and you begin anew. If people don't want that to happen, they have to take their brains out of their pants, and not act like a lemming.
There are only two ways a nation can develop wealth, discovering (or conquering) some new valuable resource or have a declining birth rate.
The most common natural cause of a declining birthrate is being a wealthy society. Thats why China had to take such brutal measures.
No matter how you think we could stripmine our planet to feed more people, there is a physical limit, and with population going up exponentially we will reach it sooner or later. Quit shovelling responsibilities onto your kids because you don't want to be an adult and deal with them yourself. With the quality of life we have now (in the west) we can't support the population we have now. You shouldn't plan to bring your children into a worse world than you grew up in.