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.