Food and Water Shortages
More than three-quarters of a billion people suffer from malnutrition. Between 1945 and 1990 food production and other human activities degraded nearly three billion acres of vegetated land, an area equal to China and India combined. Two thirds of the most degraded land is in Africa and Asia.
While population is increasing by 1.5% a year, grain output has risen only 1.1%
From the U.N. Development Program report: 1.3 billion people live on incomes of less than $1 a day. 800 million don't get enough to eat and 500 million are chronically malnourished. 97Jun
1/3 of the world's population goes without safe drinking water, according to the U.N. Human Development Report. Dec 98
"Growth imperils state's food output, study says". 3% of California's land in cultivation are lost annually to erosion, salinization, homes and industry" (amounting to a 50% loss in 20 years). Oct 1997 Sacramento Bee
"82 countries are now unable to grow or buy enough food to sustain their own people"- ZPG letter to members.
"In 1830, there were 32 acres of land per living human being. Today there are fewer than 5 acres, including uninhabitable land." ZPG
From the Sacramento Bee:"More than 60 percent of the rainfall in China's Guandong province is acid rain." According to the Asian Development Bank: Asia is the world's most polluted and environmentally degraded region. Asia's rivers contain up to 4 times the world level of fecal contamination. Asia's forest cover is shrinking by 1% annually. Fish stocks are down 50 percent, and 70-90% of wildlife habitat has been destroyed annually. Asia is the most crowded region in the world.
Health - Disease and Environmental Hazards
Environmental Degradation is Contributing to Preventable Health Threats Worldwide from a report by the World Resources Institute, a Washington, DC-based international environmental think tank, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank, titled "Environmental Change and Human Health". Health threats world wide include pesticides, air pollution, travel-spread diseases, malaria, diarrheal related to environmental conditions, Cholera (long vanquished from Latin America, resurged in 1991), excessive use of fertilizers leading to algae blooms and fish kills. Many of the victims are children under the age of 5.
Why is an overpopulation group interested in Aids? Well, AIDS is prevalent in Africa, where some of the world's biggest population growth is taking place. In Sub-Sahara Africa, it often the norm for unmarried females to have children to prove fertility so that they can be eligible for marriage. So, with the high promiscuity rate, the resulting high growth rate, and the high concentration of AIDS, there is the possibility that AIDS will mutate into a disease that is airborne (think: "Black Death", the Bubonic plague).
Sustainability and Urban Sprawl
These subjects have been moved to our Solutions page