As Worlds Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

by BBayliff on September 25, 2015 - 8:23pm

The article “As Worlds Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us” primarily speaks of the growing population across the globe and the concern on whether or not we humans are capable of supporting the added life with agriculture, and livestock. The author Dennis Dimmick discusses how there have been many different studies which conducted estimates of the world’s population. Some of those studies claim there will be roughly nine billion people on the planet by the year 2100, whereas others indicate that such a number will be reached by 2050 and upwards of 11 billion by the year 2100. Dimmick elaborates on how we do not know how many people will be walking the face of the earth in even 10 years time, thus raising the question and debate concerning developing countries that are on a massive uprise in population, resulting in approximately 800 million people starving every day. Dimmick refers to a famous essay of Thomas Malthus, stating that the “human population would grow more rapidly than our ability to grow food”. Dimmick concludes the article by stating that we have two options to avoid catastrophic over population. The first option is to have less kids and lower the birthrate worldwide, and the second being a bit more complex with Dimmick describing the beneficial investment in eliminating energy poverty in developing countries, as he believes that this would further the education level, and aid in the development of agriculture as well as mankind if the population were to skyrocket.

 

I think the population will grow at a superior rate and I do believe it could be a huge problem if we don’t take the precautionary measures to prepare for the growing population. I believe that the sole solution to such rapid growth is to ensure that the birth rate declines. I believe this would be a more of an efficient way of taking care of our rapid population growth as it is easier to introduce different birth controls to certain areas of the world that have yet to be exposed to them rather than investing in a method that would use more of the earth’s resources to support the rapid growth of people.

 

 

 

Comments

Hi,

I have chosen to comment on this particular summary because the subject of human population should be a concern to us all. With the continuous rise in the world’s population reaching approximately 9 billion by 2050, as stated by Dimmick, I feel that this will create major problems. What I find interesting about this article are the solutions associated with it. I am in agreement with BBayliff that the solution has to in line with a decline in the birth rate as there is a limit to the earth’s resources, such as the land used for agriculture and housing as well as drinkable water and affordable energy. However feel that there must also be investment in technology so that all the available resources are used more efficiently. According to the conserve-energy-future website listed below, another solution is through education giving women all over the world better/opportunities to have jobs. Therefore I believe that these solutions should complement each other rather than be exclusive in order to effectively help feed and eliminate poverty not only in developing countries, but worldwide.

http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-effects-solutions-of-overpo...

I really enjoyed the topic of this blog post because overpopulation does present a looming possible catastrophe in the future of humankind. You mention a famous essay that I am also familiar with, ‘An Essay on the Principle of Population’ by Thomas Malthus, which introduces the concept of the carrying capacity of the Earth. One point Malthus emphasizes in his essay is the lack of food availability. He suggests that the human population is increasing exponentially while there is only a fixed amount of land and nutrients available for the cultivation of crops for food. This poses serious implications regarding food production for an exploding global population.

If food stability is the main cause of alarm with regard to overpopulation, I believe that a change in diet is something to consider as a potential solution. In the study by González et al., (2011), they did a comparative analysis between a meat-based diet and a plant-based diet and found that plant-based diets are much more efficient in terms of resource use, land use and transport. They conclude that strategies aimed at feeding a growing population should include emphasis on reducing meat consumption. Although this is not a complete solution to the problem of overpopulation, it is a suggestion that could help mitigate one of the main issues surrounding it.

References:

González, A. D., Frostell, B., & Carlsson-Kanyama, A. (2011). Protein efficiency per unit energy and per unit greenhouse gas emissions: potential contribution of diet choices to climate change mitigation. Food Policy, 36(5), 562-570.

I chose this article as food sustainability is interesting to me and I think it will become one of the most important issues of the 21st century. I thought your post brought up some very good points about how the growing population will make it difficult to provide food for everyone; however, I do think there are some factors not discussed in the article. The first of which is that as our population grows, so too does our technology and our ability to produce more food with less workers. This means as time goes on we will be able to produce more food in the hope of feeding everyone. Another factor is food distribution. The world currently produces more food than the average person needs to not only survive but to live a healthy lifestyle. Do you think that with the large increase in population that the focus should be on producing more food or how that food is distributed? Is this issue is as important as birth control?

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