When Hardin claims that our nation has a limited capacity to support a population and that the current energy crisis has shown us how we have already exceeded the carrying capacity of our land, he could not be further from the truth. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) state that there is more than enough food for everyone on the planet. In the website overpopulationisamyth.com they compare food to money saying that it is a lot like money with some people having excess and others have none which an uneven distribution can be seen. The FAO has stated that the world presently produces enough food for everyone, but many people do not have availability to it.
Hardin states in his essay, “Lifeboat Ethics,” the United States had a population of 210 million people in 1973 and were increasing at a rate of 0.8% a year; this is misleading because during that period of time there was a baby boom (Hardin 381-87). In the United States we have more farmable land than any other nation on earth with only 1/5 land (382 million acres) is used for crop production although we farm more land the amount of land farm has gone down and crop yields have increased. A new study done by the FAO claims there will be enough food for the growing population in 2030. Population growth is expected to slow down and many people will be better fed. Data from United States Agricultural Department (USDA)’s Foreign Agricultura...
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