World population crisis or myth?
an article by Alliance for Life Ministries
World Population Crisis?
A Myth That's About Money!
Every human being on earth today could stand side by side within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida. These same people could be given a house and a plot of ground and reside within the state of Texas. The rest of the "world" would be uninhabited .
Does this sound like a "world" population crisis'? It is, however, simply another scheme by special interest groups, such as, The International Planned Parenthood Federation, who promises to rake in billions of dollars.
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it and decrease the surplus population." A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
The truth is there is no "world" population crisis and no rapid population growth for Scrooge, or Planned Parenthood, to control.
Why is the developed world so determined to reduce population growth in the developing world? One answer comes from Dr. Charles Ravenholt, former Director of the Population Office of USAID: "Population control is needed to maintain the normal operation of the United States commercial interests around the world."
This view is more than just Dr. Ravenholt's personal opinion, for it is enshrined in the official document of the U.S. government entitled "Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests." Drafted by the National Security Council under the direction of Henry Kissinger, and secretly published as National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM 200) on 10 December 1974, this document declares that:
The U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries. That fact gives the U.S. enhanced interest in political, economic, and social stability of the supplying countries. Wherever a lessening of population pressures through reduced birth rates can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resource supplies and to the economic interests of the United States.
To mask U.S. involvement and allay Third World suspicions, population control aid is funneled through the UNFPA and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). For the same reason, strenuous efforts are made to create the appearance of an international "consensus" on the need for population control at the 1994 Cairo Conference of Population and Develo0pment and elsewhere. The "surplus population" of the third world must not suspect that it is being deliberately "reduced."
Here are some facts, which you probably haven't heard reported:
The total annual number of children being born into the World is predicted to reach it's peak in the early 21st Century. According to the latest U.N. Population Division (not to be confused with the UNFPA) figures, fully 71 countries representing almost half the world's population now have below replacement fertility rates.
For the first time in recorded history the worldwide birth rate is now falling faster than the mortality rate. Europe is dying . The average woman in Europe is now bearing 1.48 children in her lifetime. In order to maintain a level population with replacement births, the average woman in her lifetime must bear 2.1 children. Malta, Ireland, Poland, and surprisingly Sweden are the only countries reproducing themselves. The birthrates of Norway, France, and England are so low that the maintenance of their present population levels are threatened. France's Prime Minister has stated, " Europe is vanishing ... Soon our countries will be empty." The French fertility rate dropped 32% in eleven years. The birthrate in, what had been Soviet Russia, is around 1%. Only five Muslim countries are replacing themselves by natural increase. The average Russian woman has seven abortions in her lifetime. Latin America, Africa, and Asia are also experiencing declining fertility rates, though not as rapid."
In 1972 fertility in the U.S. dropped below the level needed to achieve zero population growth. It has been below replacement level ever since. Some time ago, the U.S. Census Bureau had to change its population forecast by reducing it for the year 2000 AD by over 100 million fewer people.
In 1980 there were over four working people to support, with tax dollars, every one retired person over sixty-five. By 2020 there will be only one worker paying into Social Security to support one retiree-an impossible situation for our government to live with. Such a burden for young working taxpayers could push them into an intergenerational revolt against paying high taxes to maintain the elderly. The over-population extremists' only logical solution will be to "legalize" euthanasia and eliminate the elderly and non-productive .
Fifty years ago, when our soldiers invaded the Normandy Beaches in Europe our national debt stood at $260 billion. It now stands at more than $5-1/2 trillion. It took a little over 200 years for our country to reach a debt of one trillion and less than ten years to reach five trillion. This figure could more than double in ten years.
To date over 35 million young Americans - more than the population of the entire nation of Canada - have been killed by "legal" abortion. The cost to every American has been devastating, at the very least, both as a moral decay of our society, as well as financially. It is estimated the lifetime economic loss to our country from these killings would amount to somewhere between 12 and 15 trillion dollars - more than enough to eliminate our National Debt.
The Clinton Administration was obsessed with spreading its track record of failure to the "world" in the prevention of poverty. The fact is, since 1960, the U.S. government has funded, with your tax dollars , enough money into poverty programs to purchase all Fortune 500 companies and all American farmland .
News commentator Paul Harvey pointed out something interesting. "If we took all of the people in the country, at this time, who are living below the poverty level, making less than $10,990 for an urban family of four, and simply gave them fifteen thousand dollars per family to raise their income out of the poverty level to about $25,000, that would cost our government $126.3 billion. Yet, $642 billion is being spent a year to relieve poverty and we are not accomplishing it. Why not?"
It is a proven fact, and most economists will agree, that most of the tax dollars collected to fight poverty end up in the pockets of highly paid administrators, consultants, and staff . It is like taking a bucket of water to put out a fire, but the bucket has all sorts of holes in it. You run fifty feet to throw it on the fire, but by the time you reach the fire, most of the water has leaked out. The same illustration holds true for tax dollars funded for World Population Control. International Planned Parenthood Federation and other special interest groups will be the recipients of most of the funding.
Is the world running out of food? Prophets of doom would have us believe the world population will soar to 11 billion in 50 years and as a result we will all starve. Paul Ehrlich has been the most notorious. In 1972, he warned that 65 million Americans would die of starvation by 1985 and that hundreds of millions would perish elsewhere. Needless to say, this predicted decimation never happened.
Dr. Colin Clark of Oxford University in England, in his book Starvation or Plenty , states that given agricultural methods common today, "the potential agricultural area of the world could provide for the consumption requirements, at contemporary maximum dietary standards of 53.1 billion people , or over ten times the present world population . (Siccus Circle, P323)
Dennis Avery, Director of the Center for Global Foods Issues, at the Hudson Institute has written, "We can be thankful that in the decades ahead our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy bountiful harvests even though the number of mouths the world has to feed will double to 11 billion in the first half of the next century. Biotechnology, including the genetic engineering of higher yielding pest-resistant rice, corn, vegetables, and other crop plants and the widespread adoption of modern farming methods that conserve soil and water resources will give us the opportunity to banish hunger from even the poorest nations in the Third World . This is not a pipe dream. High-yield agriculture has already doubled the output of food in the last three decades. " (Washington Times, 11-24-93)
A study done by the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs showed that about two-thirds of New Jersey's land remains unsettled, an interesting finding considering that New Jersey is the nation's most densely populated state. Only 1% of the United States is paved.
Much of our agriculturally rich American farmland remains unharvested because of economic reasons. A drive around the state of Wisconsin will substantiate that fact. Give American farmers a fair price for their product and they can more than feed the world.
If famines exist today, they are restricted to isolated geographical areas, and are as a result of wars and political disagreements, not over-population . In areas where food shortages exist, the problem is not the world's ability to supply food, but to transport food to the source.
Because of wars and political strife most countries reject outside efforts to help.
Does population growth necessarily produce more poverty? The fact is some of the world's most populous places like Japan and Holland also offer some of the highest standards of living.
Mahbub-Ul Hag, a former Finance Minister of Pakistan, and now advisor for the UN Development Program, says "increases in rich nations' patterns of consumption is the world's primary problem, not population increases in poor countries."
Natural resources, far from becoming more scarce, are becoming more plentiful. Although there's not more oil, coal, iron, etc. in the ground, ever-creative mankind just keeps finding alternative resources or ways to use the old resources more efficiently.
THE WORLD HAS ENOUGH RESOURCES:
- The world's known oil reserves are the greatest ever .
- The world's natural gas reserves are the greatest ever .
- The earth's rivers and lakes contain enough fresh water to cover all of the earth's land 13 feet deep .
- The U.S. has approximately 800 trees per person .
- The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide has vastly increased tree growth .
- The U.S. solid waste (trash) can now be disposed more cheaply .
It is a known fact that when people must earn more to solve problems, they become more creative. International Planned Parenthood has used the overpopulation myth to justify its push for sex education programs funded by your tax dollars. Sex without pregnancy, pregnancy without children, children without parenting. The end result will be forced abortion and infanticide
worldwide such as now practiced in parts of India, China, and Russia.
The poor will get poorer and the rich will continue to get much richer .
For further information, visit the Population Research Institute .
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