Posted by: adventlife | August 16, 2015

Population Controllers Predicted Overpopulation Would Destroy the World, They Were Wrong

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“And no one sounded that alarm more loudly than Dr. Paul Ehrlich, the Stanford biologist behind the explosive bestseller, “The Population Bomb.”
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over,” Ehrlich announced on the opening page of his book, forecasting “an utter breakdown in the capacity of the planet to support humanity,” resulting in starvation for hundreds of millions. Half of Americans would die by the end of the eighties, he said; India and China would self-destruct, and by the year 2000, England wouldn’t exist. “Sometime in the next 15 years,” Ehrlich confidently predicted the year before Lennon’s Dick Cavett appearance, “the end will come.” …
Well it’s forty-five years later, and we have twice the number of people Ehrlich said would exceed the earth’s carrying capacity. The end has not come, and England mysteriously still exists.

In a surprising and honest move, the New York Times ran a piece this month debunking the horrors of overpopulation. A video attached with the article features Stewart Brand, a former disciple of Ehrlich’s who’s now a critic, and who helped popularize his theory and played a major role in pushing for population control in the sixties and seventies. …

None of this defused the population bomb, though. What did, argues Brand, were advances in agriculture and economics in developing nations—advances Ehrlich could have never foreseen, and which his worldview precluded. And so today, despite an increase of four billion people, fewer people today suffer from extreme poverty or hunger than when Ehrlich wrote the book. …”

More: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/01/population-controllers-predicted-overpopulation-would-destroy-the-world-they-were-wrong/

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  1. […] None of this defused the population bomb, though. What did, argues Brand, were advances in agriculture and economics in developing nations—advances Ehrlich could have never foreseen, and which his worldview precluded. And so today, despite an increase of four billion people, fewer people today suffer from extreme poverty or hunger than when Ehrlich wrote the book. …” More: https://adventlife.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/population-controllers-predicted-overpopulation-would-de… […]


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