The Population Explosion Myth

March 30, 2005

I recently read a doomsday report from the BBC. It was quoting from a report, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, on the state of “nature's economy.” Among the report's findings are all sorts of dire predictions for our planet because “humans have changed most ecosystems beyond recognition in a dramatically short space of time.” It went on to explain that “a burgeoning world population after WW II drove an unsustainable rush for natural resources.”


But here's a new twist on the old scare tactic. “More land was converted to agriculture since 1945 than in the 18th and 19th Centuries combined,” the study said. And that's a bad thing? Heretofore they have warned that we wouldn't have enough food to feed the world and now, apparently, we have too many people growing food.


We've heard apocalyptic forecasts like these many times before and each one builds on the false assumption that there are just too many people in the world. Usually we're told that they're consuming too much. Now, it seems, they're growing too much food.


The common theme in all of these cataclysmic predictions is the so-called population explosion. Allow me to throw a bucket of cold water on this wildfire of hysteria.


Currently, the world population stands at around 6 billion. How much space do those 6 billion people occupy? Naturally, they're scattered all over the world but here's a visual for you that puts it all in perspective. If everyone had a 2x2 foot plot to stand on, you could fit the entire population of the world in Jacksonville, Florida. That may sound incredible but it's true. There are 758 square miles in Jacksonville. That's nearly 22 billion square feet.


I gave that illustration on the radio once and a guy called in and said I had made the dirt people's point. “See,” he said. “We are overcrowded. Who would want to stand on a 2x2 plot?” I had to chuckle. He, of course, missed the point. The intent of the illustration was not to herd the whole world into Jacksonville. It was to demonstrate just how much land is not being used.


Here's another well-kept secret. According to Evergreen magazine, more trees are growing in our nation's forests than at any time since the early 1900s. Even with all the harvesting, conversion to farmland and development, the nation's forest land area is still about two-thirds the size it was when the Pilgrims landed. But the eco-propagandists continue to weave their web of deceit.


It's not too difficult to see where they're heading with all this junk science. The evil capitalists in the United States are destroying the world and must be stopped. Again, they ignore the facts. Poor nations are, by far, the worst polluters on the planet yet they were given a pass in the infamous Kyoto Protocol. That very fact offers a telling glimpse into the motives of that document's authors and their aim to dismantle our prosperity. Fortunately, we didn't fall for it.


This most recent study on man's destruction of the environment boasts a peer-reviewed process including hundreds of scientists. Little surprise that the silent force behind the study is that covetous cadre known as the UN, looking down upon the rest of us from their high-rise on the East River.


The enlightened, big-city elitists refer to the heartland of America as “fly-over country.” They look upon us with disdain wondering how we make it from day to day without their guidance. At least out here in real America we have some breathing room. Maybe they need to get out of the city more often.