MYTH #7 â€” The World Is Getting Too Crowded
We’ve heard protests about this for decades: News articles warn of “the population bomb,” and “a tidal wave of humanity,” and plead: No more babies.
The world population today is more than 6 billion. It seems like so many people. But who says it’s “too many?”
There are lots of problems all over the world caused by too many people
But there’s no space problem. Our planet is huge. In fact we could take the entire world population and move everyone to the state of Texas, and the population density there would still be less than that of New York City.
But, you might wonder, won’t we run out of resources, like food?
Paul Ehrlich wrote the book “Population Bomb,” and warned 65 million Americans would starve in a “Great Die Off” in the 1980s. The 1973 movie “Soylent Green” predicted food riots would erupt in the year 2022 but it doesn’t look like that will happen.
According to media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner, population growth is “a time bomb waiting to happen.” If it continues, at the current rate, according to Turner, “Eventually you stand around in a desert with nothing to eat.” But that too is a myth. We see the pictures of starving masses in populous places, but the starvation is caused by things like civil war and government corruption that interfere with the distribution of food.
With more people, we also have more smart ideas. Every year we learn how to grow more food on less land. Thanks to improved technology, the United Nations now says the world overproduces food.
About 15,000 babies are born every hour. But they are not a burden, they offer more brains that might cure cancer, more hands to build things, more voices to bring us beautiful music.
This appeared in the MSM- ABC news report
Reading through the myths was interesting- I was surprised by the one on free time.