While we make our way through Hvistendahl’s Unnatural Selection, I’ve come across a couple of articles that mention that the human population on Earth crossed 7 billion sometime yesterday. One of the first ones I read came in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago, where the author ponders whether there is a limit to population growth a la Malthus.
I thought the Crunk Feminist Collective made some important points that several other newsoutlets failed to mention in their population growth reports in a blog post from yesterday:
There is an alarmism that’s been on a long slow creep. An alarmism that tells us to worry about enough food, enough clean water, non-polluted air, and space enough for all of us. Not to mention the undercurrents of fear of the “browning” of the planet. A planet in which the growing population of people of color threatens our safety. A planet in which there aren’t enough resources for the West because of all the people in the East.
The Crunk Feminist Collective’s entry also features several links to population growth articles and discusses why some are problematic. We discussed the presence of similar themes in E.O. Wilson’s The Future of Life. And Hvistendahl herself touches on many of these themes quietly in her book as well, although from a slightly different perspective.