Originally posted by LiveForever8
Yes, you are right
Nothing to do with population and EVERYTHING to do with over-consumption.
The world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces approximately 17 percent more calories per person today than it did some
30 or so years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,700 kilo-calories (kcal)
per person per day.
Governmental mismanagement and mass-overconsumption are to blame. This is the result of despotism, corruption, economic ignorance, short-sighted greed
and the inhumanity of man unto man - it is not a matter of counting heads.
I would say everything to do with over-population AND over-consumption.
The one factor - and it's perhaps the most important one - you don't take into account is the Human Enterprise Factor.
Imagine a poor Brazilian farmer living right at the edge of the Amazonian rain forest.
He will - as all others - slash and burn a piece of jungle into farmland, just enough to feed his family.
Will it stop there? Of course not. Once he has everything his family needs, he will not 'resource-manage' his plot in order to protect the planet's
He will slash and burn another piece of jungle and add it to his farmland, because with an increase in harvest there will be a surplus that can be
used to build a bigger, better house, perhaps even by a tractor, etc. Once he has that, what is supposed to stop him from expanding further and create
an even better life for himself?
You probably say rules and regulations, a well-organized society that resource-manage its population in relation to it's renewable and non-renewable
Which is an idyllic, utopian and naive idea, unless you refer to a few scant tribes of deep forest indians, desert or polar region nomads (although
all research made on these people show that once they get their hands on technology that permits them to better exploit their environment, they do it,
and thereby disrupt the balance between resources and human enterprise).
In a world which is now more or less conscient of the unbalance in consumption/resources it has created, what have we done so far?
The Kyoto protocol was a big joke, the Copenhagen summit was a parody of the big joke. Or do you consider that baby steps to a new utopian world
We're no closer to global resource-management than we are to a United Nations functioning in the way it was intended. But we are very close to a
chronic demographic escalation and thereby worsening a situation that we've already lost control of.
Strangely, the regions of the world where resource management is more performant is also where population increase is under control...
But it does not mean that these regions or countries are 'in balance' with the biosphere, not at all. When rules and regulations are set up and a
majority of the population have come to respect them, people will still find ways around the laws, find new ways and new types of resources to
Human enterprise imposes that you always try to improve your living conditions, because once you got the car you thought you needed, you want a second
car, and once you've got a second car you want a yacht, etc.
If you imagine a planet with 13 billion individuals all accepting pre-fixed living standards set by a global government, then you're back in la-la
There is one efficient way around all these problems though; radically reduce the human world population, to a point where that society is big enough
to sustain itself and even develop, but not big enough to over-consume renewable resources. Then let than population (over) exploit the planet in the
same irresponsible way we do, that might work.
Imagine a species more voracious than humans, let's say a race of gluttonous beings. If only a hundred of those beings existed and would consume more
resources than the planet can renew, without having the organization and logistics to increase production of renewable resources, then it means that
those hundred individuals represent an over-population.
If their population could be brought down to ten, they can continue to be themselves, without being able to push the planet out of synch.