The Population Of The Planet Is Reaching Unsustainable

1377 WordsFeb 8, 20176 Pages
The population of the planet is reaching unsustainable levels as it faces a shortage of resources like water, fuel and food. Population expansion in less developed and developing countries is straining the already scarce resources. Overpopulation is the exasperating force behind global warming, environmental pollution, habitat loss, intensive farming practices, and the consumption of finite natural resources, such as fresh water, arable land and fossil fuels, at speeds faster than their rate of regeneration. Also, due to overpopulation, agricultural practices used to produce food necessary to feed the ever growing population, damages the environment through the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. Overpopulation is…show more content…
69). However, by exploiting the needs of society, the treadmill of consumption kicks in to gear and starts producing what is lacking at the expense of society which increases growth, inequality, and environmental consequences (Bell & Ashwood, 2016, p. 85). Since population is causing overconsumption and resulting in unsustainable levels that the Earth cannot support, the treadmill of production is moving at an even faster rate in order to keep up (Bell & Ashwood, 2016, p. 85). Overconsumption due to a growing population has caused society to neglect the environment in order to get ahead (Gould & Lewis, 2015, p. 69). In fact, chemical pollution is the result of production when it comes to products such as corn, due to mechanical and electronic machinery being the primary materials used to produce corn/food for an increasing population ( Gould & Lewis, 2015, p. 69). Not only pollution, but depletion of energy and natural resources in the environment have risen due to production technologies, especially in the instance of corn because of its use in foodstuffs and animal feed, which help provide sustenance for the growing population (Gould & Lewis, 2015, p. 71). The treadmill of production in relation to population seeks to increase buildings, land, machines, and work-force at the lowest cost in order
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