Global Population Control – who’s playing God then?

May 9, 2009 at 12:47 Leave a comment

The world’s population is currently 6.7bn and is predicted to hit 9bn by 2050. According to influential scientific advisor to the US government, Dr Nina Federoff who works for Hillary Clinton, the population has exceeded Planet Earth’s sustainable limit.  

One of her recommendations is to use GM crops as a way to ensure enough food is available at cheap enough prices. Federoff who wrote a book on GM crops in 2004 is damming about its critics saying that they are living in bygone times. 

Although, billions of dollars have been pumped into space exploration, some of which was about populating other worlds, very little notice has been given to our most plentiful resource on Earth – water. Over the two-thirds of the planet’s surface is covered by oceans, yet the possibilities of creative marine habitation have only been considered by creative organisations such as the Venus Project. (add Venus link and TED link).

On the other hand, if some sceptics are correct about the affect of GM-food being genetically incompatible for human digestion and having serious side-effects, population control may be a goal that big governments can achieve pretty easily.

If governments truly cared about population control, they would look at where the greatest population growth occurs – developing countries where GDP per capita is low.  Traditionally, large families were created as a form of insurance for the parents to be provided for during hard times and during old age. 

When you take away the fear of hunger, poverty and disease, then the need to have large families will fall. Therefore, reducing the speed of population growth. However, the true motivation for population control probably lies elsewhere.

But before introducing Draconian methods for population reduction, developed countries need to also keep their house in order, too. The population of the USA has grown from 200m to 300m in 39 years with a significant proportion of the growth coming from the Hispanic communities where low pay and poor education is commonplace.

In the UK, childhood poverty is at 2.8m  and 31% of children in London live below the poverty line.

Deciding who has the right to have children and who has the right to health services is not the decision of scientific advisors and politcians. If that were the case, we would be going down the route of communist China and the policy of one baby per family. The solution lies in the hands of the individual family. By educating families, reducing exploitation of women and children and eliminating poverty, you have a better chance in securing a sustainable future for the planet.

Harun Rabbani

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Entry filed under: Future of Humanity, Leadership.

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