Overpopulation is a Myth: Food Supply


Ever hear anyone make statements that imply the world is overpopulated?  And that we are being irresponsible by allowing so many people to populate the Earth?  Unfortunately, such statements are often being used to try to justify the use of abortion,  contraception and sterilization to fix the “problem” and/or they are criticizing those who have large families.

Of course, even if the overpopulation scare was entirely true, it wouldn’t justify doing evil (abortion/contraception) in order to rectify the situation.

We do have problems (like hunger, corruption, allocation of resources) to be sure. But the primary cause of them is not that there are too many people. Blaming overpopulation just detracts from fixing the real problems. And, as mentioned, such blame is more often motivated by a consequentialist argument in favor of immoral practices and to prop up the environmental-extremist notion that people are just parasites destroying our planet.

Here’s another handy video (below) setting some of the record straight regarding overpopulation. Check it out and let me know what you think?

The video is from OverpopulationIsAMyth.com.  And you can check out their first video here.

Some will point out that this video is correct in as much as it speaks about the Earth as a whole, but it’s not necessarily so for particular countries by themselves.  I don’t know if that’s true. But, regardless of whether you believe there are different environmental or population crises within such borders, the underlying point is that we must find moral ways to fix the real problems. We can not justify doing evil so that good may come of it. Buying into and propagating this historically exaggerated overpopulation myth detracts from real progress in solving some important issues and alleviating the suffering of many. And it is leading many others to falsely believe that our only hope is to immorally limit or destroy human life.

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Christopher Wright May 5, 2010 at 10:12 am

Absolutely right – we must find moral ways to fix the problem.

Judy May 5, 2010 at 10:48 am

Great cartoon….obviously being so short it could not go into much detail, but it did a great job at least getting the old “gears” grinding.

Andreas May 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

That’s a nifty little video.
I would make the point that overpopulation in certain areas of the world surely doesn’t help when it comes to humanity’s problems – I would say it makes conflict and war over resources more likely.
And I wonder if the idea of systematically helping out foreign starving people would go well with e.g. conservatives in the US who think offering affordable health care to all its own citizens constitutes treason.
And there is more problems of overpopulation than just food:
– access to fresh water
– energy use
– pollution
– institutionalized poverty
I agree – you shouldn’t use these things as reasons for abortion – but there is middle ground. How about not having as many babies?

Kayla Cox September 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

Conservatives believe forcing people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. That Obamacare will offer people affordable health care goes against all economic common sense. Obamacare mandates that everyone buy health insurance, and that insurance companies can’t turn you away for a pre-existing condition. This will most definitely cause the price of health insurance to rise, and indeed, most insurance premiums are going up by 15-20% in October. I know my premium is.

Paul S May 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

The video made some strong points, but overpopulation is about far more than food. The environmental impact of the human race is devastating to our ability to survive. The Earth will shake it off and go on without us if it has too.

ProfBob July 6, 2010 at 2:59 am

I find him reading those sites that say that population problems are a myth that their evidence is very sparse and inconclusive. Recently I read Book 1 of the free e-book series “In Search of Utopia” (http://andgulliverreturns.info), it blasts their lack of evidence relative to their calling overpopulation myth. The book, actually the last half of the book, takes on the skeptics in global warming, overpopulation, lack of fresh water, and other areas where people deny the evidence. I strongly suggest that anyone wanting to see the whole picture read the book, at least the last half.

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