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2100: Doomsday Without Population Control
Earth's land, water and cropland are disappearing so rapidly that the world population
must be slashed to 2 billion or less by 2100 says a study by David Pimentel, an
ecologist at Cornell University.
The alternative, if current trends continue, is a population of 12 billion to 15
billion and an apocalyptic worldwide scene of "absolute misery, poverty, disease
and starvation." In the United States, the population could nearly double to
500 million, and the standard of living could decline to slightly better than that
of present-day China, Pimentel said at the annual meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science.
Even now, the world population of 6 billion is at least three times what the Earth's
battered natural resources and depleted energy reserves will be abe to comfortably
support in 2100. "If people do not intelligently control their own numbers,
nature will - that we can count on."
Although a decline to 2 billion people over the next century sounds nearly impossible,
it could be accomplished by limiting family size around the world to an average
1.5 children. Currently, U.S. women have an average of 2.1 children and most of
the rest of the world has many more. It also is those that are the poorest (often
without access to birth control and abortion) that have the largest number of children.
The average number of children born to women is 1.3 in Italy, 1.4 in Hong Kong,
1.5 in Germany, 2.1 in U.S. and Sweden, 2.8 in Argentina, 4.6 in Bolivia and Mongolia,
6.4 in Saudi Arabia and 8.5 in Rwanda.
Abortion is common in most places of the world. In India only males are desired
and millions of female babies are killed after birth. The U.S. is the only major
world nation that seems more concerned about a soulless first trimester fetus, than
the mother or the huge financial burden of raising unwanted children. Then the religious
zealots out of false scriptural translations about sexuality would rather have teenagers
have lots of babies, rather than provide sex education, condoms and open discussion
of sexuality. They would rather bury their heads in the sand and preach the unheeded
call to abstinence which never has and never will be the answer to all the unwanted
babies in the world.
We HAVE heeded the commandment to be fruitful and multiply. But we've done it too
well like fruit flies which threatens to destroy our existence. Dr. Gunn was providing
not only a service to women but to humanity in general before gunned down by a zealot
of the fundamentalist cult teaching lies about abortion and the producing such fiction
movies as the Silent Scream (more properly called the Silent Scam).
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