>So, I will now confess that I have a problem with breeders. I’m sorry if you are one, but that’s just my opinion. Having one or two kids, fine. Five and six is just excessive and indulgent. The human race is not dying out. Quite the opposite. There are too many of us. 10,000 years ago the earth’s population ranged from 1-10 million people. There are now over 6 billion people. The numbers continue to increase logarithmically — so that there will be 8 billion by 2020. There is an upper limit to the carrying capacity of humans on earth — of the numbers that agriculture can support — and that number is usually estimated at between 13-15 billion. The more people, the more agriculture required to sustain such a population, hence the less land devoted to naturally existing ecosystems, and ultimately accelerating the process of extinction. That may sound a wee bit dramatic, but we as people are causing our own demise by our inability to don a rubber or pop a damn pill. I don’t want to hear the “I can’t afford The Pill” crap. Planned Parenthood gave me The Pill for $10 a month when I was in college. No problem. And I was damn broke when I was in college.
I can personally attest to the fact that there are too many people by the large number of people that successfully piss me off and hence make me aware of their existence.
According to Wikipedia (I love that site!):
The world’s current agricultural production, if it were distributed evenly, would be sufficient to feed everyone living on the Earth today. However, many critics hold that, in the absence of other measures, simply feeding the world’s population well would only make matters worse, natural growth will cause the population to grow to unsustainable levels, and will directly result in famines and deforestation and indirectly in pandemic disease and war.
Some other characteristics of overpopulation:
-Birth rate is high
-Life expectancy is low
-Low level of literacy
-High rate of unemployment in urban areas (leading to social problems)
-Rural people are not gainfully employed (caught in cycle of poverty)
-Insufficient arable land
-Little surplus food
-Poor diet with ill health and diet-deficiency diseases (e.g. rickets)
-GDP per capita is low (under US$765 per annum)
-Many live in unhygienic conditions
-Government is stretched economically
-High crime from people who steal resources to survive
-Mass extinctions of plants and animals as habitat is used for farming and human settlements
Okay, so, “blah blah blah Jenn what the hell is the point of all this I was not in the mood for a social studies lesson…”
Well, I covered the topic of overpopulation as a preface to this news story I saw on MSNBC and became promptly irritated:
This woman from Arkansas just had her sixteenth child. Sixteenth. Why? And I don’t want to hear this “Gift from God ” and “Well of Souls” business. Have your religious beliefs, that’s fine. But not at the expense of the current poverty and famine rates of the planet. For Pete’s sake. They have their own documentary on the Discovery Health channel and another one planned for the Learning Channel. Yes, lets encourage their senseless breeding by rewarding them with the notoriety that comes from cable channels and news broadcasts. The python that tried to swallow an alligator in Florida and lost, that’s interesting news. But this kind of nonsense just pisses me off. In the process of my husband and I researching adoption from China, I discovered that there are hundreds of thousands of children in orphanages worldwide. Abandoned and unwanted, with substandard care, they need homes and parents and dogs and goldfish and birthday parties; they deserve to have healthy, happy lives, to be loved and cared for. But these people, in only what I can dub as an extraordinarily selfish act, have bred 16 times, and, according to the article, are planning to have more. Whaddahell. I hate to make statements like “some people should be sterilized”, but, seriously, some people should be sterilized. Damn, I am irritated. In case you didn’t know.
If you don’t agree with me on this, that’s cool, you’re entitled to your opinion. If you disagree and I have successfully pissed you off, too bad. It’s my blog.