Population boom a myth
|LifeLink October 2003 (and
addenda from recent)
Over the past 40 years, the citizens of the United States have been persuaded to worry that our population will outgrow our resources. Academics and politicians have warned that there would soon be widespread famine and economic collapse. In 1946, Julian Huxley, first head of UNESCO, wrote, “War is a less inevitable threat to mankind than is population increase.” In 1972, the Club of Rome published Limits of Growth, advocating population control; they refused to disavow the book until ten years later, when they admitted that the book had “exaggerated the situation to awaken public concern.”
Now we realize that this hype regarding overpopulation was all inaccurate. The United States does not have an overpopulation problem. Even George Will has recognized that we only have a population distribution problem, since so many have chosen to leave rural areas for larger cities. However, the United States has proven that we have more than enough resources to feed our citizens and much of the world. The increased productivity has even allowed us to do this on ever-decreasing areas of farmland.
Potential Underpopulation? 2009 to present
Analysts are now concerned that America’s birthrate is below the replacement rate. For the first time in history, the UN projected that future fertility levels in developed countries would drop below 2.1 children per woman (the level needed to ensure long-term replacement of a population) in the 21st century.
And this is now true. The replacement rate in the USA is 1.0 (1 child for every adult) and in Europe, and places in Asia, it's way below replacement rate. And while we are terminating 1.3 million unborn babies a year and limiting our families (many are "childfree by choice"), the Islam population is growing a lot. Moslems believe in large families and do NOT believe in abortion. Do the math.
Thus, by 2050, if this trend continues, three out of four countries
in Asia, Africa, and Latin America will have birth rates below replacement
levels. In Europe and Japan, the situation is already quite drastic: the
populations are shrinking very quickly. In Japan, the population is
projected to decrease by 14 percent by 2050; the population in Italy is
expected to decrease by 22 percent. The populations of Europe, which in 1950
accounted for 22 percent of world population, are expected to be just 7
percent in 2050. China has implemented their extreme one-child policy and
now not only has a decreasing population, but also far more males than
What this analyst didn't catch is the large expansion of the Moslem
population. In less than 30 years they will be the majority in this
country. DO THE MATH. (And they do NOT believe in religious
Unfortunately, the overpopulation myth is still alive and well in
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