A Brief History
On August 30, 1974, the third World Population Conference was held in Bucharest, Romania. The first such conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1927, the idea of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger, under the aegis of the League of Nations. Experts in health, food supply, fertility and other relevant subjects met to examine how many humans the Earth could sustainably host. Subsequent conferences have been arranged by the United Nations starting in 1954.
The conference spawned the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, a subject fraught with religious, moral, and ethnic considerations. Scientists agree that the Earth can support a certain number of people before pollution, global warming, arable land, water quality, energy availability, ocean fish stocks, and other factors reach a tipping point that would mean mass starvation.
There is no exact consensus, but many estimates are that the Earth can support a maximum of about 10 billion humans. What do you think?
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For more information, please see…
Kisak, Paul. A History of Human Population Control: “Controlling the Growth Rate of the Human Population.” CreateSpace, 2015.
Shragg, Karen. Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation. Freethought House, 2015.
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