carrying capacity for humans

Linda Petre petrel at nih.gov
Thu Dec 29 13:49:41 EST 1994

In article <199412291655.KAA12151 at grunt.ksu.ksu.edu> dzolek at ksu.ksu.edu (D. Z. Skinner) writes:
>From: dzolek at ksu.ksu.edu (D. Z. Skinner)
>Subject: carrying capacity for humans
>Date: 29 Dec 1994 08:55:42 -0800
>There has been a lot of discussion, spawned by Daniel Story, concerning
>whether war and other factors are necessary evils of the human condition.
>I don't care to contribute to that discussion, but I would like to bring up
>two relevant stats I recently read in the popular press.  These are that
>35,000 people starve to death every _DAY_, and that of the approximately 6
>billion people on the planet today, 5.3 billion are desperately poor.
>Desperately poor is defined as not having food reserves, or access to food
>reserves, of more than one day's worth for much of the persons life.  I am
>not a social scientist, so I'd like to know if anyone can verify these
>stats, and if they are true, let's pose the question, are we not already at
>or past carrying capacity of the human species? 35,000 people starving to
>death each day does not sound like a positive attribute of a meaningful
>society (in the sense that all of humankind is one society).  Where do we
>go from here?
>Daniel Z. Skinner
>dzolek at ksu.ksu.edu
>USDA-ARS and Agronomy
>Throckmorton Hall
>Kansas State University
>Manhattan, KS 66506-5501
>Telephone: (913) 532-7247
>Fax: (913) 532-6094

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