Gloria Arroyo is under pressure to break with Catholic Church teaching against birth control amid a fresh population explosion. New figures show the poor archipelago nation’s population swelled to 88.6 million last year, or an annual increase of almost two million. Despite a slowing of growth, 12 million people have been added to the population since 2000, and the total is forecast to hit 100 million in five years. As the world’s largest rice importer, and with more mouths to feed, The Philippines has been hardest hit by soaring global prices of the commodity.
One of the worst effects of overpopulation is the breakdown of society and the apparent uselessness of the law in certain situations. When you have too many people in a certain area/village/city/country, what happens is that there would be an inevitable decrease in the standard of living as the environment deteriorates.
Too few resources to support that many people, so what they get is unprecedented unemployment which may result in rising crime rates. The society itself may eventually collapse,. not to mention that there may be negative growth in that area… sooner or later, people will start packing, migrate to look for a better way of living..
Overpopulation perpetuates poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of Government resources for education and social care, and the cycle continues. The way out is education, governmental social care, ending of corruption, re-securing of national resources. Generally, the starvation is due to politics, not lack of ability to feed a nation. Politics can bring about the way out, or it can continue poverty and overpopulation in the interests of a few.
Most Filipinos don’t take the time out to think about birth control, but it is a major problem. Philippines is too small and not enough room on it for everyone. Most people don’t consider the fact that humans are not the only form of life in our country. Sadly, many Filipinos do not care about all of the other animals we share this place with. I am not going to go off on a tangent of how Christian dogma and many other ‘white-light’ religions have helped cause this problem.
It is actually Filipinos choices in this situation. They can keep having as many kids as they want and watch the quality of there lives decrease tremendously. As they continue to have children with complete disregard for the children or themselves, they will watch their neighborhood become even further polluted. Watch all of out natural environments become populated by humans and end up dying of starvation and infectious diseases.
40 years since Stanford University entomologist Paul Ehrlich predicted that hundreds of millions of people would die of starvation in the 1970s and ’80s because the world could no longer produce enough food for its rapidly growing population.
Ehrlich outlined his theories in The Population Bomb, a bestseller that offered policy prescriptions ranging from compulsory birth control, cutting government payments for dependent children, applying a luxury tax to cribs and nappies, and ceasing food aid to the Third World.
Not surprisingly, Ehrlich was branded a crackpot and his basic premise that a terrible age of famine was at hand never eventuated. In fact, there was less famine in the last quarter of the 20th century than at any time in history, the result of world food production growing at 15 per cent annually and outstripping the growth in population.
The famines that did occur arose from natural catastrophes or the interruption of food supply and cultivation in war zones.
But today, with the cost of staples such as rice, corn, wheat and soybeans skyrocketing, with food riots breaking out across the globe and with the UN’s World Food Program warning of a “silent tsunami” of hunger threatening the lives of 20 million of the world’s poorest children, galloping food inflation is raising Ehrlich-like fears of a world where famine is no longer confined to war zones and sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the past six weeks food riots in Egypt, Yemen, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Mozambique and Senegal. In the worst case in Haiti, five people died and prime minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis was forced from office.
Rice shortages have led to Cambodia and Egypt banning rice exports, China imposing heavy export taxes and many other countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Philippines begin stockpiling.
Manila has also asked fast-food multinationals such as McDonald’s to serve half-portions of rice, while Pakistan and Russia have raised wheat export taxes by 35 per cent and 40 per cent respectively.
Other countries with new restrictions on grain exports include Brazil, Argentina and Vietnam. India has blocked export of all rice except premium basmati, while Guinea has banned the export of all foodstuffs.
Food inflation is also about recent droughts in Australia and Russia; changing eating patterns in China and India, where the burgeoning middle classes want to eat more grain-fed meat and dairy products; the chronically weak US dollar; flawed alternative energy policies in the US and EU; and the blowout in the cost of fuel and fertiliser.
Above all else, food inflation is about the hunger of the poor, and if there’s one anecdote that drives home the desperate suffering, it’s the story of mothers in Haitian slums who have been feeding their children mud pies mixed with oil and sugar to try to make their hunger pangs go away. There’s something really massively wrong when people are forced to eat mud,
It is also wrong for the President of the Philippines to tell her people to eat Kamote.