How Far Away is Earth From Overpopulation and Water Shortages?

At the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, it was pointed out that Americans threw out over 30 million tons of food in 2012. This number has been growing since 1980. 20% of America’s garbage is food.

The alarming thing about this is that 10% of the rest of the world suffers from chronic hunger. There is enough food being made to feed the entire world. The problem is in getting that food to the people who need it without it being spoiled.That issue brings up another question. If the population keeps growing, will world hunger spread more? Will food be wasted less, simply because there are more people around to consume it?

The world population is currently at 7 billion. That number is expected to increase to 10 billion by the year 2050. Jeremy Grantham of the Grantham Institute of Climate Change has said that it will be impossible to feed 10 billion people. The solution, he says, is to make sure that the population growth is curbed.

The problem is that nobody can figure out how to curb it. People are also not comfortable even talking about it. China tried to implement a policy that limited families to one child per couple, but it did not work out.

As the population of the world grows, more water will be consumed. Currently in India, China and even in the U.S., aquifiers are pumping out more water than can be replenished.

It is a grim issue to deal with, but it must be faced. While climate change is still being debated, population growth is undoubtedly the issue that will dominate our future.

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