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The world's population of over 6billion, is estimated to grow to over 9billion over the next few decades - can the planet's resources sustain it? :?

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The world's population of over 6billion, is estimated to grow to over 9billion over the next few decades - can the planet's resources sustain it? :?

 

According to the International Programs Center, U.S. Census Bureau, the total population of the World, projected to 08/27/09 at 14:22 GMT (EST+5) is

 

 

6,780,315,386

 

 

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/popclockworld.html

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The world's population of over 6billion, is estimated to grow to over 9billion over the next few decades - can the planet's resources sustain it? :?

 

According to the International Programs Center, U.S. Census Bureau, the total population of the World, projected to 08/27/09 at 14:22 GMT (EST+5) is

 

 

6,780,315,386

 

 

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/popclockworld.html

 

Hello Paul...

Is it possible that the food recourses of the future will be at a premium, and not oil drilled out of the deserts or sea, turning farmers into the new oil barons of the 21st century and beyond, producing oil and food, the security of which will become a huge problem and if the hedge funds/financial markets get involved, we could see the price rapidly increasing?

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We in the West will allow (or cause???) the teeming billions in Africa and Asia to starve before we'll accept substantial reductions in our standard of living.

 

Sad, but true.

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Well the private sector can see the four horsemen of the apocalypse approaching, even if sleep-walking liberal polititicians can't: Western Companies are leasing huge tracts of land throughout the third world for food and bio-fuel production. EG: A British Company has leased an area of the Ukraine (the size of England), for wheat production; the Arabs are taking large slices of Africa and the Chinese have staked claims all over the place. :shock: The food produced is intended for "the home market", the locals though starving, are thankfull for the jobs, which helps them afford a little of their own produce. :shock: However, is such a dependency on food from over-seas ultimately a sound investment, given rising political and social instability. :? And, if starvation in the third world continues to increase, won't that increase the pressures to migrate to the land of milk and money (the UK)? :? Meanwhile, we have home grown pressures, with the recent influx of immigrants now settling down to reproduce, giving rise to a baby boom in the UK. :shock:

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I've listened to interviews with several respected scientists, incl the scientific advisor to HMG; who share my (as usual) pessemistic view of the future - principally as a result of population increases with the added impact of climatic changes. :cry: Food, fresh water and energy (oil and gas) resources will become scarce leading to food riots in the third world, mass starvation and social unrest, and forced migrations; the domino effect of which, will lead to social conflict both domestically and internationally. :shock: The pressure for "liebensraum" will inevitably lead to intense resource wars, a primary course of Japan's involvement in WW2. :shock: The big question is: how, if at all; can we put the genie back in the bottle? :? And would any "solutions" be morally acceptable? :? Nature will no doubt play it's part in a cull, with starvation and plagues; but are we ready to accept such things as one child per family; euthanasia; and a national seige econonomy and border controls? :? Sadly, I don't envy the future. :cry:

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They've been peddling these scare stories since Adam was a lad :roll::roll: They make good headlines and keep the research funding flowing :wink::wink:

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