Effects of Overpopulation on Earth and the Number of People on Earth

by TessaSchlesinger

Ever wonder why food - real food - is becoming so expensive? That's because there are more people than there are resources...

This article tells how many people there are on earth. In the lifetime of those who are twenty something now, there will be wars as people fight over food and water. In 2011, the Pentagon made a statement that it expected wars over resources to begin within the decade. There are now seven billion people on earth. Barely twelve years ago, the population reached six billion people. The population is growing exponentially which means that it may take only seven or eight years to reach eight billion. However food grows just as slowly and the space on mother earth has not expanded...

Profit does not care about using up our resources rapidly...

Dangers of Profit Making

One of the biggest factors of using our resources even more rapidly than the growth of the population is the profit making goal of so many entrepreneurs and business people. Far more resources are used and far more materials exploited for the enrichment of some than would otherwise be necessary. For instance, how many rubber ducks are needed? In fact, are rubber ducks needed at all? And why do we build cell phones and other electronics to last only a few years? The materials which are used in their construction are growing more scarce by the day.


Starvation will spread to the first world. It's been in the third world for half a century.

Food and Water Shortages due to over population

If you've recently started wondering about why food has become so expensive, you might want to look at the demand for food by so many more people. About six months ago, I was outraged to find that Trader Joes was putting starch fillers in food which had previously been, well, real food. Now it's becoming as plastic as any other processed product.

In addition to the increasing number of people, there simply isn't sufficient land to to provide the kind of food humans need. Despite the fact that grains are grown in vast abundance, grains are not the food of mankind. That's why we have such an increase in obesity, diabetes, and other health issues. The natural food of early mankind, right up to the stone age was predominantly meat and a few seeds and fruits and nuts. The primary energy mechanism in the body is ketosis which uses proteins. In fact, using excess insulin is so deadly to the body that the overuse of it results in Diabetes type 2.

Clean water is rapidly becoming a problem. In San Diego, where I live, they are now cleaning sewerage in order to provide 'clean' water. This is quite apart from the fact that water has to be piped into southern california because it is a desert and there is no water here. Our water comes from other states. 

Added to this are the number of industries who use vast amounts of water in order to produce products that simply are not needed. Because they aren't needed, they invest massives amounts of money into advertising. Advertising works, as Edward Bernays proved in the early 20th century, because the human brain believes - in the face of all evidence - what it hears repeatedly despite it being untrue. And then these companies employ salesmen to lie to one about how much one needs their products otherwise we simply won't have 'street cred.' 

And so it goes.

Our children probably won't have enough food and water, but still they go to school to be taught 'to be a sucess and make lots of money.'


Don't ever kid yourself that when people get hungry, they won't do what it takes for food. They will...

A Documentary about Over Population

More Facts About Over Population

History of Population Numbers

The population reached its first billion in about 1800, having taken nearly a quarter of a million years to reach that number. Thereafter, it took less and less time to reach the next billion. The second billion was reached in about 1927, the third in 1960, the forth in 1974, the fifth in 1987, and, of course, the sixth in 1999.

Mars Not an Option
While much has been written about populating planets in outer space, it is unlikely that earth will develop the technology in time to transport billions of people to other planets. Efforts have been made in some countries, an example being China, to slow the growth of the population.

In rich countries, families have become smaller, and fertility, as a result of contraception, has been dropping. In these countries, some women voluntarily choose not to have children in their lifetimes. In China, population control has been enforced, and couples have only been permitted one child. As daughters were routinely aborted (Parents needed a son to provide for them in old age), there are now fewer women to reproduce.

World Overpopulation Awareness
World population growth: 1915: 1.8 billion | 1967: 3.5 billion | 2006: 6.5 billion | 2011: 7.0 billion This is a life-and-death crisis. Every year, 100,000 women who don't want to be pregnant die in childbirth. About 600,000 women who don't want to be pregnant give birth to a baby who dies in her first month of life. I know everybody wants to save these mothers and babies.

Overpopulatoin is a myth!
The people who promote this kind of propaganda do so because they're either ignorant or they will lose vast sums of money if people became aware of the fact that their wasteful use of resources will kill us...

As the world’s population grows unsustainably, so do its unyielding demands for water, land, trees and fossil fuels — all of which come at a steep price for already endangered plants and animals. Most biologists agree we’re in the midst of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event; species are disappearing about 1,000 times faster than is typical of the planet’s history. This time, though, it isn’t because of geologic or cosmic forces but unsustainable human population growth.

Then and NOW!
In 8000 B.C., only 5 million people were alive—roughly the population of today’s Papua New Guinea. Overuse of the world’s natural resources was hardly an issue. Now some 6 billion mouths must be fed and bodies clothed and housed. Misuse or depletion of the Earth’s treasures to meet those needs, for example unsustainable logging, poor farming practices, and overfishing, threatens human life and health around the world.

United Nations Predictions...

Population experts at the United Nations nevertheless say that they expect there to be about nine billion people on earth in the year 2050, with most of the increase coming from poor countries. This could lead to destabilization as the predominantly young people of these countries fight over food and water. This means that those who are twenty something now will be alive at the time.

What kind of world will it be?

Effects of Over Population
In general, the effects of overpopulation are not pretty. They include an increase in pollution as people discard their trash. Also, people need more food so fish and animals are killed at a more rapid rate than they can be replaced. This means, eventually, that the declining numbers of fish and livestock cannot feed the population. If the various governments switch to plant food instead of animal food, then more land is required to grow plants. This means that forests are cut down and that affects the climate. When the climate is affected, droughts increase, violent weather events increase, and these in turn make it even more difficult to produce food and water for the masses. This leads to war as people fight other people for food and water. With our current weapons, and with nothing to lose, it's safe to say we will destroy not only our world but ourselves.

And the solution is?

Updated: 02/11/2013, TessaSchlesinger
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TessaSchlesinger on 06/08/2013

thank you, Jean.

JeanBakula on 06/08/2013

Hi Tess,
This is a timely and important issue, and yet I don't think people realize how serious it is. We've had two power failures in NJ for 7 days in the last 2 yrs. The last one, Hurricane Sandy, caused gas shortages nobody saw coming, as the pumps needed electricity to pump gas, and we went on an even and odd system as in the 1970's. There was little food in the supermarkets, between supplies being unable to get to the store in the floods, and the fact the refrigeration was out, people were getting scared and testy. You have no hot water for showers, no lights (and I live on a wooded street so my home is dark in the day). So it's even hard to get dressed for work and look human. You can't do laundry. The list is endless. It's amazing how overdevelpment has taken over, and we have become unfamiliar with our Earth.

JeanBakula on 06/08/2013

This is a serious topic, recently brought to mind for me by Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno. It's about a person so worried about the peril of overpopulation that he goes to extremes to try to stop it. It was quite good.

TessaSchlesinger on 02/12/2013

Tiggered, and that's just a start. Yes, by now you should know that I'm a social activist! :)

Tiggered on 02/12/2013

Once again, important topic.
I might sound cold here, but if we don't figure out the way of limiting our population, the nature will do it for us.
Contraceptives should be free, abortion free and legal, family planning education compulsory - that's the very least. If we don't move in this direction ASAP, there will be mayhem.
But hey, tell that to pro-lifers...

TessaSchlesinger on 02/12/2013

Hi Tolovaj, you must have commented without reading the entire piece - not a good thing to do. I covered everything you said under my very first paragraph headed, "Profit does not care about using up our resources rapidly."

That said, I have written about capitalism i.e. the need for profit as opposed to trading which is about equal exchange at http://capitalismandyou.blogspot.com/
and about sustainable government here... http://sustainable-government.blogspo...

Tolovaj on 02/12/2013

Overpopulation is only part of the problem. It can be stopped with better education, but corporation logic will not stop here.
With today's economy we are trying to make bigger and bigger profits no matter how many consumers are there. We are wasting precious resources in the name of 10 percents a year and countries with low birth rates (most of EU) are nothing better than countries with high high birth rates (e.g. South Asia). Until we change the pattern of thinking, we don't really have a chance. One planet is not big enough for all our greed.
When (if) we can change the word 'consumer' with 'people', maybe... Just maybe...

TessaSchlesinger on 02/11/2013

Thank you, Brenda. I have to laugh... California fed the world? Not even close. Rhodesia used to be called the breadbasket of Africa and Europe and the UK pretty much feed themselves... :) But I do know what you mean. It's not what it used to be.

The problem with a lot of conservatives is that they think that America can go back to the 50s. It can't. The world has changed. What worked yesterday won't work today. I don't know how to get around that. I suspect most people don't know the answers.

The solution is... on 02/11/2013


BrendaReeves on 02/11/2013

Well, this is depressing although very true. I have been thinking about it here lately. Could the U.S. have a famine? I'm very much a conservationist and believe in taking care of our earth. It amazes me that many people aren't. Many times, when I was in the CA public schools, teachers would say that CA fed the world which they did. Although there's still a lot of farming in CA, it's nothing like it used to be. Land developers have taken care of that. This is one reason that I believe abortion is a necessary evil. Think of how many more people we would have if it had not been legalized. This is a thought provoking article.

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