According to figures from the United Nations Population Fund, October 31, 2011, marked a new milestone in world history: This Halloween the earths population exceeded seven billion people, more than at any point in recorded history. And as predictable as a gaggle of ghouls on your doorstep, the overpopulation alarmists were again up to their old tricks, spooking their neighbors with warnings, and portents and evils imminent.
Even the Associated Press played up the fear factor, reporting (Oct. 16) that the worlds population didnt reach 1 billion until 1804 note the negative formulation of that bit of info and it took 123 years to hit the 2 billion mark in 1927. Then the pace accelerated oh no! 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion in 1998. And now to seven billion this Halloween. Is your heart racing yet? That averages out to an increase of one billion people every 16.8 years since the acceleration began in 1927. And the UN projects that well add another billion people by 2025.
Its no secret that Western Europe, Japan, and Russia are in the midst of a demographic winter: These regions have been experiencing a long, protracted population decline. (The U.S. population has been hovering at replacement level for several years now.) So, whats the worry? Simply this: As the AP reports, sub-Saharan Africa is home to the worlds highest birthrates. This region will be hard-pressed to furnish enough food, water and jobs for their people, especially and heres the kicker without major new family-planning initiatives.
The new population figures dont mean so much to the wealthy. For the rich, its totally manageable, John Bongaarts of the Population Council told the AP. Its the poor, everywhere who will be hurt the most. The solution? Eliminate the poor. In the nomenclature of the worlds policy- and opinion-makers, family planning is a euphemism for contraception and abortion.
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