“BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY”
FARMERS are producing MORE FOOD ON LESS LAND
With continuing increases in crop yields, the world’s farmers are harvesting hundreds of millions of tons more grain each year on tens of millions acres less land than they did in the 1970s and ’80s.
According to USDA figures, the world was producing 1.9 MILLION metric tons of grain from 579.1 hectares of land (a hectare is 2.47 acres) in 1976.
In 2004, we got 3.1 MILLION metric tons of grain from only 517.9 hectares of land.
The TRUE state of poverty is not just a state of having less money or posessions than others around you. Although those details are an integral part of poverty, real poverty is the lack of dignity and quality of life that results from that lack of money or possessions.
In other words, human beings require more than simple survival to make our lives worth living. Poverty in terms of statistics can be tricky sometimes
IF OVERPOPULATION DOES NOT CAUSE poverty, WHAT does CAUSE POVERTY?
Poverty isn’t a disease or a “condition,” like the measles or a broken leg. Poverty is the state of not having what we need.
POVERTY is a terrible state we all revert to when our support structures are removed.
Poverty is like darkness: it isn’t a thing. It’s the LACK of a thing.
The MOST EFFECTIVE way that poverty has been DEFEATED is by INFRASTRUCTURES that HUMANS have SET UP.
When poverty does exist, it is when these infrastructures either
1)INFRASTRUCTURE DO NOT exist, like in UNDERDEVELOPED nations, or
2)INFRASTRUCTURES are BROKEN or have HOLES in them.
“FIXING”poverty is about FIXING BAD INFRASTUCTURE, NOT about eliminating people.
The fact is the poorest nations in the world are often among the least populated.
The CONGO is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a meager per capita GDP of only $300. The Congo’s population density is only 75 people per square mile, a fairly light population density.
Compare twith the NETHERLANDS, one of the wealthiest countries in the world with per capita GDP of $39,200 with a population density of 1,039 people per square mile.
You claim that when people move to more crowded areas, they’re actually more likely to get out of poverty. Prove it.
In 2008, the World Bank paper called “Urban Poverty: A Global View” discussed the effects of urbanization .
People who moved to urban areas were not only more likely to ESCAPE poverty, but were also likely to be better off over time because “urbanization contributes to sustained economic growth which is critical to poverty reduction.” (emphasis ours)
Overall the urbanization process has played an important role in poverty reduction by providing new opportunities … growth and job creation.”
Of course, poverty in crowded areas still exists (which is the larger point of this paper). But the point is that it continues to exist in spite of, rather than because of human population.
What is it that brings human beings out of poverty?
Like most things, the answer to poverty isn’t any one simple thing.
The MOST EFFECTIVE method to alleviate poverty requires one primary ingredient: community.
“BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY“
to escape poverty HUMANS need OTHER human beings. Solitary human beings are incapable of solving some of the most basic problems that need to be solved in order for their lives to improve.
Community … collection of minds and a multiplication of labor allows human beings to solve problems and accomplish more difficult and complicated tasks.
The larger the community, the more effectively and creatively this division of labor is likely to occur.
The multiplication of humans has directly led to the improvement of our species:
The source of improvements in productivity is the human mind. because improvements — their invention and their adoption — come from people.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that simple population growth leads to human improvement. There are plenty of places with large populations that remain poor.
Any time human beings get the opportunity to work together and better their situation, the percentage of poor people is likely to drop significantly.
As POPULATION has GROWN, the PERCENTAGE of POOR has gone DOWN
As human POPULATION numbers have GROWN, our average STANDARD of LIVING has GROWNas well.
Every single statistic points to ONE SIMPLE TRUTH: that as POPULATION has GROWN over time, the AVERAGE PERSON has BECOME BETTER OFF
Measures show RISING per capita income – average life expectancy, average height, caloric consumption, sugar consumption, cotton consumption, even beer consumption.
Every single one of these averages has been steadily INCREASING over time as the population has grown.
This is in direct contradiction to overpopulation alarmists, who hold that as population increases poverty becomes more severe.
They claim that this is simple common sense. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, science actually shows the opposite.
As population grows, productivity and innovation GROW, which means that more and more people have access to the goods and services that they need.
Maybe population CONTROL IS NOT the ANSWER to poverty.
POPULATION CONTROL ACTIVELY HURTS the POOR
Population control programs don’t just miss the point on poverty … they DISTRICT from it.
Poverty can be ALLEVIATED by a number of different programs.
But when the focus is on bringing down population, valuable time, energy, and resources are spent solving a “problem” that doesn’t exist, rather than the real problems at hand.
“Family planning” programs miss the point, especially in places like Africa — which is that the people need legitimate, concrete aid.
People who are hungry, cold and exposed need food, water, and shelter — not population control.
Did Paul Ehrlich really say that famines would devastate humanity in the 1970s?
Yep. In his 1968 work The Population Bomb, Ehrlich stated:
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s the world will undergo famines–hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”
What’s the UNFPA? How do they profit from fear?
The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) was founded in 1969, the year after Ehrlich published The Population Bomb.
They have been involved in programs with governments around the world who deny their women the right to choose the number and spacing of their children.
Their complicit work with the infamous “one-child policy” mandated by the government of the People’s Republic of China, uncovered by an investigation of the U.S. State Department in 2001, led the United States to pull its funding.
No way everyone could fit in Texas …
According to the U.N. Population Database, the world’s population in 2010 will be 6,908,688,000. The landmass of Texas is 268,820 sq mi (7,494,271,488,000 sq ft).
Divide 7,494,271,488,000 sq ft by 6,908,688,000 people, and you get 1084.76 sq ft/person.
That’s approximately a 33′ x 33′ plot of land for every person on the planet, enough space for a town house.
Given an average four person family, every family would have a 66′ x 66′ plot of land, which would comfortably provide a single family home and yard – and all of them fit on a landmass the size of Texas.
Such an arrangement would leave the entire rest of the world vacant. There’s plenty of space for humanity.
Where are you getting these numbers?
U.N. Population Database provides Low, Medium, and High Variants, the Low Variant is the one that keeps coming TRUE
The world’s population will PEAK in 30 YEARS
According to the U.N. Population Database, using the hisrically accurate low variant projection, the Earth’s population will only add another billion people or so over the next thirty years, peaking around 8.02 billion people in the year 2040, and THEN it will begin to DECLINE
Population is still technically growing, but according to the United Nation Population Division’s numbers, that growth is slowing dramatically.
The United Nations Population Division (UNPD) is the most reliable source of population statistics in the world.
According to the UNPD, population growth will continue to slow down over the next few decades.
If current trends persist, our growth will halt right around 8 billion by 2045.
After that, our numbers will start to fall off, slowly at first, and then faster.
If you find this whole idea counterintuitive, don’t worry! You’re not alone. At first glance, it really does seem like population is skyrocketing. That’s because we’re still adding a billion people every few decades . . . and a billion people is a lot of people.
But the way we can tell that population is not ballooning out of control is precisely the fact that we’re only adding a billion people each time. And soon, we won’t even be adding that many.
Are the UN’s predictions are reliable?
It depends on which variant you use.
The UN’s predictions have been compared with real life – and in every case the “low variant” has been the most accurate.
Even if population growth is slowing down, a BILLION people every 15 years is still a LOT of people.
Is this STILL a PROBLEM?
It is a lot of people. Greater numbers bring their own challenges and issues.
But there isn’t any convincing evidence to show that the size of our population is the cause of the world’s most pressing issues, like war, famine, disease, and poverty.
Since we have more people, our wars are bigger. Our famines may affect more people, and more people will have diseases and be poor.
But population growth DID NOT create these problems–they have have EXISTED SINCE SINCE PEOPLE HAVE EXISTED.
We can’t blame population for problems that have been around forever.
The only difference is, since there are more of us now, these problems affect more people.
WHY has the global total FERTILITY rate DROPPED so much?
Scientists are still debating exactly why, but there’s no doubt that it is happening.
All over the world, birthrates have been dropping quickly, and for nearly 50 years now.
Many demographers think that it is because more and more people are urbanizing (moving into large cities).
When families live out in the country on farms, it makes more economic sense to raise larger families, so that they have people to help them and care for them in their old age.
It’s also true that cities tend to have better healthcare facilities, which reduce infant mortality.
This in turn means that parents end up having fewer children, since more of their existing children are surviving to adulthood.
Demographic experts observe as more and more of the human race find itself living under urban conditions in which children NO LONGER provide any economic benefit to their parents, but are rather costly impediments to material success,
people who are well adapted to this new environment will tend not to reproduce themselves. And many others who are not so successful will imitate them.”
A World in 2050 report presents economic growth projections for 32 of the largest economies in the world, accounting for around 84% of global GDP.
Reports rojects the world economy to GROW at an average of just over 3% per annum in the period 2014 – 50,
DOUBLING in SIZE by 2037 and nearly TRIPLING by 2050.
But we expect a slowdown in global growth after 2020, as the rate of expansion in China and some other major emerging economies moderates to a more sustainable long-term rate, and as working age population growth slows in many large economies.
The global economic power shift away from the established advanced economies in North America, Western Europe and Japan will continue over the next 35 years.
China has already overtaken the US in 2014 to become the largest economy in purchasing power parity (PPP2) terms. In market exchange rate (MER) terms, we project China to overtake the US in 2028 despite its projected growth slowdown.
India has the potential to become the second largest economy in the world by 2050 in PPP terms (third in MER terms), although this requires a sustained programme of structural reforms3
We project new emerging economies like Mexico and Indonesia to be larger than the UK and France by 2030 (in PPP terms) while Turkey could become larger than Italy. Nigeria and Vietnam could be the fast growing large economies over the period to 2050.