Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by West Coast
And what do you mean furthering of the Human Species....like there's a need for more than 7 Billion people on the planet?
What do you think the Earth can just support any number of us? Were a species just like any other, and eventually were gonna have to stop having
babies or there won't be enough to support all of us. Sorry to burst your bubble, but an ecosystem can only support so much of one species before i
requires increase in OTHER species for balance.
Sorry to Burst your bubble "to the tenth power" but your facts are horribly inaccurate. Frankly I am becoming very tired of the whole overpopulation
The sustaining rate for any population is 2.0 children per female of childbearing age. This number increases due to several factors described below.
Replacement fertility is the total fertility rate at which newborn girls would have an average of exactly one daughter over their lifetimes. In more
familiar terms, women have just enough babies to replace themselves.
If there were no mortality in the female population until the end of the childbearing years (generally taken as 44 or 49, though some exceptions
exist) then the replacement level of TFR would be very close to 2.0 (actually slightly higher because of the excess of boy over girl births in human
populations). However, the replacement level is also affected by mortality, especially childhood mortality. The replacement fertility rate is roughly
2.1 births per woman for most industrialized countries but ranges from 2.5 to 3.3 in developing countries because of higher mortality rates. Taken
globally, the total fertility rate at replacement is 2.33 children per woman. At this rate, global population growth would trend towards zero.
Developed countries usually have a much lower fertility rate due to greater wealth, education, and urbanization. Mortality rates are low, birth
control is understood and easily accessible, and costs are often deemed very high because of education, clothing, feeding, and social amenities.
Further, longer periods of time spent getting higher education often mean women have children later in life."
See NRR and TFR
Source 2 Scroll down to find it
This deficiency in population growth leads to a dangerous situation in which the old outnumber the young.
In most societies the young outnumber the old. This is a very good thing because it allows the young, who are still working, to care for the elderly
through social programs (i.e. Medicaid etc....)
However when the old outnumber the young the cost it takes to take care of this larger number of people becomes very difficult for this ever
decreasing number of young people. (Decreasing as they get older and less new children are born to replace them.) Some nations foolishly then believe
that their only option is to kill the elderly. The Netherlands is a prime example of this look at the number of deaths from Euthanasia every year.
What they should be doing is encourage people to have larger families, this would mean more young people which would alleviate the economic strain on
Another very serious concern of a low TFR is the fact that a nations population can actually shrink. Yes I said SHRINK.
Any country on this list, with below 2.0 TFR is Shrinking.
Who keeps perpetuating this overpopulation myth? Is it some evil organization, a secret society, aliens, The NWO?..... Probably not, in fact I
attribute the continuation of the overpopulation myth to ignorance of the facts
[edit on 19-2-2009 by Studious]