Two recent reports have come out saying that Africa alone has enough suitable land to feed the world’s population, with room to spare. I believe this is important, because there is a very popular myth out there that the world is overpopulated. This, of course, is far from the truth. Cities are overpopulated, but the world is not.
I recently drove from California to Washington. With the exception of a few towns along the way, I passed nothing but empty land. I was acutely aware of how un-overpopulated this area is. The myth of the “overpopulated world” has led to decreased child production in all developed countries. The U.S. birthrate has hit an all-time low, the lowest point since data has been recorded. If America wants to continue to lead the free world in technology, science and over-all progress, we need people. Where will all our teachers, scientists and inventors be in 100 years if Americans don’t produce babies?
The importance of the aforementioned article is that we now have proof that this planet CAN sustain an increased population. Cities are overpopulated because people like being near to other people. Technology grows within concentrated humanity—that is where progress is made. The answer to overpopulated cities is not to stop having kids, but to expand cities, found new cities, turn towns and suburbs into cities, or move centers of industry further afield.
Look, we have a lot of room in America, and we don’t use it. Look at what we did with Las Vegas. We turned the desert into one of the most visited places in the world. I’m not saying we need to practice widespread deforestation in order to expand. We have hectare upon hectare of uninhabited prairies and fields, which could be used for farming or founding towns, without cutting trees.
To sum up, we need children, so keep making babies, we need to expand, so keep building cities, and if you are worried about overpopulation, found your business in a small town somewhere. Should fix it.