This is an excellent article. I listen to a lot of podcasts while I sew, quilt, clean, etc. I have listened to several podcasts given by men and women who proclaim that our earth gets better and better as we do better with farming, organizing, building, etc. One of their prime concerns is that people are not having enough children to replace deaths. I have seven children, and I am grateful for everyone of them. They have served me, my deceased husband, and others and given much help and support.
It is also important to note the great bet made by Erlich and the economist Julian Simon in the 80’s. Simon bet that certain commodities would decline in cost over the period of a year, while Erlich claimed they would rise in cost over the same period, because of increasing scarcity. Simon won the bet. His mantra, the most valuable commodity is the human spirit. Time continues to vindicate that belief.
Thanks for this thoughtfully considered article that not only includes personal experience and historical context but also RELEVANT DATA that debunks popular dogma. I especially appreciate the chart that clearly illustrates famine mortality rate and world population. I am a nutrition professor and will use this chart in my next course (in two weeks) as we discuss hunger and food issues. Beautifully done and easily understood.Another great resource that I'd like to recommend - and use in my course - to discusses the "real" cause of famine or insufficient food today (which is political unrest and the subsequent inequitable food distribution) is contained in the forward written by esteemed nutrition professor, Marion Nestle, in the beautiful photo book, Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel. The picture documentary book about how the world eats is fascinating! Children and adults relate immediately - highly recommend.
This is from a personal study. With a population of 7.5 million, if every man, woman, and child on Earth was given one acre of land, which is a population density of 640 people per square mile, the entire population could live in an area the size of the continent of Africa. That's only 6 percent of Earth's land mass.
Don't accept the premise of those who argue mankind is destroying the planet. We are not. The world is getting richer and cleaner, life span and quality of life are improving. Those who wish to control others and limit choices have been around since Lucifer sought to force upon all of us the outcomes he wished. Seek out facts, not emotional reactions to hyperbole of those claim we are destroying this world.
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