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As complex as the chemistry of life may be, the conditions for the vigorous growth of plants often boil down to three numbers, say, 19-12-5. Those are the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, prominently displayed on every package of fertilizer. In the 20th century the three nutrients enabled agriculture to increase its productivity and the world’s population to grow more than sixfold. But what is their source? We obtain nitrogen from the air, but we must mine phosphorus and potassium. The world has enough potassium to last several centuries. But phosphorus is a different story. Readily available global supplies may start running out by the end of this century. By then our population may have reached a peak that some say is beyond what the planet can sustainably feed.
Originally posted by laiguana
reply to post by TheOneElectric
It's good to see some common sense thrown out every now and then on the internetz. I have to agree whole-heartedly with this as well...
The amount of stress we are putting on our environment and on the planet in general is unprecedented and gets worse as time passes. Why? Because the human population is still experiencing exponential growth.
The fight for natural resources will only worsen if the human population is not curbed SOON
Gore isn't always the best face for environmentalism, but he's dead on regarding this issue. BTW if I had been 18 at the time of the 2000 election...I would have voted for him.
Unfortunantely, baby boomers have a tendency to ruin everything, including the future of younger generations.edit on 22-6-2011 by laiguana because: (no reason given)
Have Less Kids! Gore Pushes Population Control
Originally posted by e11888
Im not going to argue anymore because its making me sick to my stomach. If you actually support the idea of population control you are a scum traitor to your own species. I cannot believe how many people actually agree with this.
Originally posted by Maxmars
A different approach would be to create a well-educated population capable of critical-thinking with access to information on which they can build there own judgment. I don't need someone else telling me whether my wife and I are 'acceptable' to someone else's long-range plans because we do or don't want to have more (or any) children. Do you really want government to regulate procreation?