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21 January 2011

World on the edge

There are simply too many people on this earth. Why does no one want to say or do anything about it, asks Susan Erasmus.

There are simply too many people on this earth. Why does no one want to say or do anything about it, asks Susan Erasmus.

Overpopulation is the pink elephant in the middle of the room that everyone is pretending not to see.

Let's face facts: there is only so much fresh water on this earth, and with the resources available, we are only able to produce a finite amount of food. We can refine agricultural methods only to a certain point in order to increase production. If there are more people than can be sustained by natural resources, millions will starve. Why are we prepared to let that happen rather than doing something to prevent this crisis?

He says mankind has pushed civilization to the brink of collapse by bleeding aquifers dry, overploughing the land and overloading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. He predicts that things will start unraveling any moment now and that it's likely to start on the food front.

 
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