Is Earth Really Overpopulated?Submitted by vinceableworld on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 02:04
How many of us on one side or the other have actually even done the math on this equation? Well... like many things I have been led to believe I finally got around to looking this one up too.
It's widely accepted that earth is covered by 70% water so now we subtract 70% =
59,081,970 square miles of land.
We are told by "governments" that there are now 7 billion people.
Let's divy up the land equally:
.00844 square miles
= 5 acres per being
Now how much of the land is desert?
Now we're down to 3.3 acres.
We can probably eliminate Antarctica from the equation:
So there are currently 2.9 acres of "arid" land per human being on the planet. Now granted some folks will want to live together. Let's average that out at 3 per household worldwide.
Can you support a family of 3 on 8.7 acres? You can have a garden, some farm animals... and so on. Now this is taking into account nobody lives in the desert and nobody lives in the frozen tundra of Antarctica. This is all the best possible land earth has to offer.
Some will have bigger families and some people would want to live alone. I think however this might be a good average. Now this is also making the WILD assumption that the 7 billion... provided by "governments" - many of which seem to subscribe to the "overpopulation" agenda... is correct. Having traveled around however and seen so many open spaces... I'm beginning to wonder.
Just figured folks here might like to see the math since I was doing it anyway :)