The population myth

By Tom Quiner


The world has too many people.

The world is going to run out of food.

People are bad, because they are using up the world’s resources.

Thus goes the mantra of the Left. Thus says Planned Parenthood. Thus says the UN Population Fund.

But are they right? Not according to the Population Research Institute. They point out that as the world’s population has risen, so has per capita income. So has health and longevity.

In the 19th century, four out ten kids died before they turned five. Can you imagine that? And yet today, it is less than six percent.

Two-hundred years ago, life expectancy was less than 30 years. Today it is moving beyond sixty nine years.

The Population Research Institute (PRI) says enough grain is produced for every person on earth to eat 3500 calories a day.

There is a demographic problem, but it’s not what you think. The world’s population is going to begin declining in fifty years according to PRI. As Quiner’s Diner has pointed out in the past, the replacement birth rate is declining in much of the world.

The replacement birth rate is defined as 2.1 children per woman. Less than that and the population begins to decline.  That is where we’re at with 80 countries who represent over half the world’s population. The United Nation’s “low variant projection” says the world population will grow from 7 billion to 8 billion by 2040 and then begin to decline.

Countries like Russia, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Spain are in a demographic spiral with Europe and Japan projected to lose half of their populations by 2100.

Don’t believe the Left that their anti-baby policies are the savior of the world when, in fact, they are its death.

Watch the video above for details.


  1. Monte B. Gray on November 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I disagree. Rampant lack of population control has had devastating effects upon many third world nations.

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Prosperous countries have not lived up to their promises to help the poor, the U.N. declared Wednesday, saying poor people often go hungry because of polluted water, drought and other environmental factors that are increasing poverty.

    In its annual report on the quality of life worldwide, the United Nations Development Program said more should be done to address international environmental concerns and that sustainability must become a way of life as the world population grows above 7 billion.

  2. Gary Calderon on March 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Even if we can sustain billions and billions more people without substantial ecological damage (which I would dispute) it comes down to what kind of world do we want to inhabit? I’m already fighting too many other cars on the roads, breathing air fouled by our industrial might, and not being able to enjoy our scenic wonderlands without reserving my spot a year in advance. Yeah, more bodies are good for economy when they buy more s**t, but then you have to deal with it.

  3. theguywiththeeye on March 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I feel like this is a red herring post. The biggest concern is that poor countries will continue to boom while the rich countries decline.

    • quinersdiner on March 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      I view human life as good, not as a disease. I place people ahead of mother earth, although I respect balanced environmentalism. The demographic research I have studied suggests we do not have a long term population problem. Even more, the earth has a lot of room for expansion. Population alarmists from Thomas Malthus to Paul Erlich have been consistently wrong in their population prognostications.

  4. theguywiththeeye on March 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I wish the video was working.

    Are you not concerned by the fact that poor countries will continue to reproduce faster than anywhere else? And that the population growth is mainly from school age to military age?

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