· No one is sure exactly how many people the earth can support.
o The more an individual consumes, the more of the earth's resources are used. Americans represent 5 percent of the world's population, but account for 25 percent of global natural resource consumption.
· Multibillionaire Ted Turner, Jane Fonda's husband, told the 27th annual meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA): "We have to defeat those congressmen and senators who are standing in the way of progress.”
· Turner, founder of CNN and vice chairman of Time-Warner Inc., was sounding the alarm that something must be done about overpopulation.
o This father of five said we could achieve the "ideal" world population of 2 billion people, as opposed to today's 6 billion, "if everybody adopted a one-child policy for 100 years."
· He learned it from his mentor, Prof. Paul Erlich, author of the 1968 best-seller, The Population Bomb.
· In that book, Erlich predicted major food shortages in the United States.
o Erlich forecasted the starvation of 65 million Americans between 1980 and 1989, and by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million.
o Erlich saw England in a more desperate situation, saying, "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000."
· Erlich and organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the State Department's Agency for International Development and NFPRHA constantly sound warnings about how overpopulation produces disaster and poverty.
o Population-control advocates might consider Zaire's meager population density of 39 people per square mile to be ideal while Hong Kong's population density of 247,501 people per square mile is problematic.
o Hong Kong is 6,000 times more crowded than Zaire.
o Yet Hong Kong's per capita income is $8,260 while Zaire, the world's poorest country, has a per capita income of less than $200.
· Planet Earth is loaded with room.
o Putting all the people of Earth into the United States would make the population density 1,531 people per square mile.
o That's a far lower population density than what now exists in New York (11,440), Los Angeles (9,126) and Houston (7,512).
o The entire U.S. population could move to Texas and each family of four would enjoy 2.9 acres of land.
· So-called overpopulation problems are really a result of government practices that reduce the capacity of people to educate, clothe, house and feed themselves.
· Some claim the answer will be to use brute government force, like China does, to impose a one-child policy.