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Thread: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    When I was in school (college) the scientific community estimated that the carrying capacity of the earth for humas was around 1.75 billion people. So my answer is two billion.

    Exactly how they came up with this number I do not remember
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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Its whatever we can have on a sustained yield basis.

    but if you really want to know, you would have to ask "mother" nature.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    Its whatever we can have on a sustained yield basis.

    but if you really want to know, you would have to ask "mother" nature.
    She doesnt like us so she wont talk to us anymore, I just visited with her yesterday. SHe said "I'm as mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore".

    Sounds like a lot of trouble comin our way.
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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    If we were going to abruptly adjust to 500 million, by Darwinian strategies, I would be gone in sixty seconds. Who needs old, retired people gobbling up the Earths resources? However, 500 million as an objective would be more logical. Some kind of testing system to assign reproductive rights might be a good strategy.

    I felt I was being generous at 500 million. Look at the ****ty quality of most peoples lives. With only 500 million, we could all live like Kings. Gas would be 3˘ a gallon.




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    Poll is fail. Highest population option is less than half of current world population while population is continuing to grow and is projected to plateau anyway at ten billion-- more than three times the highest poll option, and a number that our planet is more than capable of supporting comfortably. I'm more worried about the economic effects of stagnant population growth than any kind of serious worry about overpopulation.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    What's an acceptable world population?

    Your poll does not include options such as 10 billion, or 15 billion, or 40 billion.

    With sufficiently advanced technology we could support that many, especially since most people live in cities these days anyway.

    Personally I don't think we'll ever get much above 10 billion. Trends show population stablizing if not going into decline in most advanced nations.
    As other nations reach a certain level of development their pop growth will go into decline also.

    The alleged "population problem" will almost certainly fix itself.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    my guess is we're pushing the limits of current technology. projections I heard being toted at my last R&D gig were that food for a population growing past where we are at now would be 70 percent filled through food tech and reduction in waste in the supply chain. granted, there is a source bias there, but they definitely have skin in the game, and I don't have any reason to believe that the figure is grossly skewed.

    my own personal observation is that there is a lot of unoccupied land out there, but much of it is being used to grow crops and trees that help filter the waste. I routinely grow bacterial cultures, and they eventually hit stationary phase as nutrients get used up and waste increases. if we're not there now, we're getting close.
    No we're not remotely close.
    There is plenty of freely usable agriculture land across the world.

    New growing techniques have reduced the amount of land needed and increased the yield per plant.
    We're fine, Malthusian collapse, at this point, is junk science.
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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Your poll does not include options such as 10 billion, or 15 billion, or 40 billion.

    With sufficiently advanced technology we could support that many, especially since most people live in cities these days anyway.

    Personally I don't think we'll ever get much above 10 billion. Trends show population stablizing if not going into decline in most advanced nations.
    As other nations reach a certain level of development their pop growth will go into decline also.

    The alleged "population problem" will almost certainly fix itself.
    It's all tied to fossil fuels. We'll fade away as they do.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    It's all tied to fossil fuels. We'll fade away as they do.
    Gm crops are being developed to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed, plus bacterial oil is being developed on fallow, generally unused land spaces.
    We're not gonna run out anytime soon.
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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Gm crops are being developed to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed, plus bacterial oil is being developed on fallow, generally unused land spaces. We're not gonna run out anytime soon.
    GM crops won't save us, much less support 8, 9, 10+ billion people, if we don't have oil. There's just no caloric equation that works out. You can't get something from nothing.

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    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    GM crops won't save us, much less support 8, 9, 10+ billion people, if we don't have oil. There's just no caloric equation that works out. You can't get something from nothing.
    I'm sorry, but the primary reason that Malthusian predictions fail, is that they never factor in scientific innovation.
    How long ago, were we supposed to experience the first catastrophe that never happened?

    GM crops are saving us, they've been saving us.
    That's why farmers can get more product, per acre than before and that's why they'll get even more later.
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