Overpopulation a Problem?

1464 Words Apr 28th, 2002 6 Pages
Is Overpopulation a Serious Problem?

This question seems to be question that is asked quite frequently lately. In the last two centuries, population has skyrocketed. In 1800 the world population was only at 1 billion, and today it's estimated that the world population exceeds six billion people. With overpopulation, many problems have arisen. Some believe that overpopulation is the reason for world hunger, global population will reach crisis proportions by 2050, and some believe that overpopulation will bring the extinction of the human race. When one looks at the arguments that these people present, its quite overwhelming the amount of evidence that's supports their argument. On the other side, the evidence for the opposing
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Malthus goes on to state that the earth is filled with life in the animal and vegetable kingdoms, and that if left unhindered could fill all the worlds in the universe, but necessity, "that imperious all pervading law of nature" restrains them within their prescribed boundaries. Man cannot escape from this fact. "Among plants and animals its effects are waste of seed, sickness, and premature death. Among mankind, misery and vice……"* Malthus in his article goes on to state what kinds of positive preventive checks there are for population growth and uses England as an example. The difficulties of raising a family acts as a preventive check, as well as some of the distresses of the lower classes in providing food and adequate attention to children also acts as a preventitive check. Malthus states that the preventive check operates in some effect to all ranks of society in England. For example, he says that there are some men even in the highest rank not willing to start a family due to the fact that they have to give up many of their own leisurely activities, or not willing to give up the money to start a family. ‘These consideration are certainly trivial, but a preventive foresight of this kind has objects of much greater weight for its contemplation as we go lower."* A good situation that embodies this quote is that of a single man that earns just enough money to be considered to be in the class of a gentleman. If this man gets married he must know