When I was a child many of my teachers were ex-hippies. They taught us about the then current and worsening overpopulation problem. The things they taught us back then have haunted me to this day.
The overpopulation issue is at the core of every major problem, if not as a cause then as a complicating factor. It is ignored by progressive people trying to help the planet and conservative people alike.
Just like it is natural to want to over-eat but bad for us to have a weight problem, it is also natural for many (not all) people to want to have children even though the size of the planetary population is a problem. Nobody is a bad person for wanting to eat more. Nobody is a bad person for wanting to have children of their own.
Hat tip to Mala for sending me this article from the BBC. I found it interesting, because a prominent highly visible federal expert talked about overpopulation bluntly. A rare occurrence:
Dr (Nina) Fedoroff has been the science and technology advisor to the US secretary of state since 2007, initially working with Condoleezza Rice.
Under the new Obama administration, she now advises Hillary Clinton.
“We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet can’t support many more people,” Dr Fedoroff said, stressing the need for humans to become much better at managing “wild lands”, and in particular water supplies.
What was also interesting about the article is that Dr. Fedoroff is a strong proponent of Genetically Modified (GM) foods. I don’t know enough to agree or disagree with her. The opinion however is interesting. Just like the world is too strained to give everyone in the world a diet based on Michael Pollan-washed meat, the world may also be too strained to feed everyone off of organically raised crops:
A National Medal of Science laureate (America’s highest science award), the professor of molecular biology believes part of that better land management must include the use of genetically modified foods.
“We have six-and-a-half-billion people on the planet, going rapidly towards seven.
“We’re going to need a lot of inventiveness about how we use water and grow crops,” she told the BBC.
Again, I don’t know enough to agree or disagree with this scary and interesting opinion.
If you are considering having children someday please read this short post about why you should limit yourself to 1 – 2 children max
For the record, I’m not in favor of bashing people who have kids or who want to have kids.
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