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Old 02-21-2011, 01:34 AM   #1
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Future Poverty and Starvation??

They say that in 2050, the world's population will not only climb to a staggering 9.5 billion, but the third world countries will be stronger economically, including Africa and South Asia.

Meaning in the coming years... if we do not control our rapid reproduction, the world will be fighting over food. Because food source will become scarce because it will be feeding all the third world countries equally. Plus, with all of our aid and governments helping of the Third World Countries, they will be economically stronger to fight us for it.

Also... since Ireland is in the toilet once again, it looks like they'll be fighting famine... again. What a wonderful choice for U2 to take their business out of a failing country that needs their help.

I really wish when people decide to have 5 or 6 kids they think about their children's future in this bleak world. Or do they? Everything is being abused, the oil, the air, land is being vacated of trees, animals are becoming extinct.
This is not good.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:00 AM   #2
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Actually the rate of growth is slowing, overall - and has been since the 1970s.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:59 AM   #3
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tell that to the united nations whose article this was.

World Population Growth

Year Population
1 200 million
1000 275 million
1500 450 million
1650 500 million
1750 700 million
1804 1 billion
1850 1.2 billion
1900 1.6 billion
1927 2 billion
1950 2.55 billion
1955 2.8 billion
1960 3 billion
1965 3.3 billion
1970 3.7 billion
1975 4 billion
1980 4.5 billion
1985 4.85 billion
1990 5.3 billion
1995 5.7 billion
1999 6 billion
2006 6.5 billion
2009 6.8 billion
2012 7 billion
2027 8 billion
2044 9 billion
2050 9.2 billion


the point is... it's increasing. doesn't matter the rate.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:20 AM   #4
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Yes, so, in the period from about 1927 to 1980 (53 years), it more than doubled. In the period from 1980 to 2009 (30 years or so), it has increased by about half.

That is a slowing rate of growth. But it doesn't matter! You're right, everything is being abused, including my intelligence.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:22 AM   #5
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Nah, your intelligence is fine.

Everything in this world is being abused, oil, air, trees, water, and animals.
We are using everything up, do we think this stuff grows on trees?

Wait...

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We will never run out of food.

As long as cows and pigs and chickens are still fucking each other and making more cows and pigs and chickens, we can cook up those guys.

And I'll start planting a shit ton of apple trees every spring and summer.

We'll be ok.
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Is Bono OK?
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I've been gathering lots of info on this to put together a white paper for my work blog.

But, running out of food is the least of our concerns. Clean water is renewable, but should be our top concern.

We are running out of:

Copper
Gallium
Indium
Silver
Gold

Those are elements and NOT renewable, only recyclable.

Here's a nice interactive chart from Scientific American:

How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's Resources, Made Interactive: Scientific American
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I thought we have plenty of food, just an uneven distribution.
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Human beings are an innovative bunch. We'll just burn down what's remaining of the rainforests and turn it into plantations and cattle grazing pastures. So you can still get a burger and latte in 50 years time. As the polar regions melt, we'll drill everything useful from them, until Anatarctica is one big strip mine.
Without wanting to sound like misery guts, I think humans serve no useful purpose for this planet other than to screw it up for the next dominant species. If a giant asteroid came along and finished us off, that would be pretty neat.
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But, running out of food is the least of our concerns.
It depends on where one lives, economic situation, etc. E.g. many of the protesters in the Middle East (and people elsewhere) are increasingly being priced out of the food market, as oil prices rise and crop failures occur.
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bees are a big worry... due to so many being wiped out at the moment from disease, pollination could be a huge problem in the future... now that is very worrying...
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It depends on where one lives, economic situation, etc. E.g. many of the protesters in the Middle East (and people elsewhere) are increasingly being priced out of the food market, as oil prices rise and crop failures occur.
True, but we know there are solutions and substitutions to food issues. If governments can't/won't feed their people, there are things that can be done.

Drinking water is a bigger issue.
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We will never run out of food.

As long as cows and pigs and chickens are still fucking each other and making more cows and pigs and chickens, we can cook up those guys.

And I'll start planting a shit ton of apple trees every spring and summer.

We'll be ok.
99% of chicken and turkey cannot "fuck each other" anymore.
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^ Yeah that was my first thought! Bulls, boars, roosters--not that many of them around nowadays. Even apple trees are propagated asexually by grafting, not by planting seedlings.

(And of course Bono's not OK--he had too many kids and they don't exactly live a light-on-the-earth lifestyle, so the future is bleak.)
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