The United Nations Population Division projected October 31st 2011 as the day on which the world will be home to seven billion people, and while there have been rumors for decades surrounding a global crisis rooted in overpopulation, Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, thinks otherwise.
“This is a happy occasion,” says Mosher, a leading population expert and best-selling author. “The world’s population has more than doubled since 1960, and humanity has never been so prosperous.”
According to Mosher, “contrary to what you might hear, the most pressing problem in country after country today is not overpopulation, but underpopulation. In a time of fiscal austerity, the last thing that we need to be doing is spending more tax dollars to drive down the birth rate, reducing the amount of human capital available, and making us all poorer in the long run.”
“We are grateful that Baby Seven Billion will come into this world,” Mosher says. “Baby Seven Billion, boy or girl, red or yellow, black or white, is not a liability, but an asset; not a curse, but a blessing for us all. Humanity’s long-term problem is not going to be too many children, but too few children.”
Mosher’s analysis of world population trends stands in contradiction to the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) report on The State of World Population 2010, which Mosher contends is misleading. Further US funding of the UNFPA is presently in jeopardy because of UN population control agency’s continued involvement in China’s coercive one-child policy.
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