An Alternative View on Overpopulation

When I read stuff in the mainstream media, the term “overpopulation” keeps popping up. The idea that there is a limit to the number of human beings this planet can support. It is usually accompanied by the statement that we are approaching this limit fast. 

I have to admit that I have only recently begun with researching this subject. The key thing I found is that usually the term “overpopulation” is used for fear mongering, just like “climate change” and “COVID-19 pandemic.” Rhetoric to keep humanity in fear.

That does not mean that there is not a core of truth to these statements. We cannot just keep multiplying indefinitely, we cannot use up all natural resources, and we cannot ignore a disease like COVID-19. Yet things may not as bleak as some news outlets describe them.

As an introduction post on the subject, I want to bring up three ideas which will influence the maximum number of human beings which our planet can sustain. I hope that this will bring some more positive energy to this subject, to decrease the fear related to the topic.

Homesteading

Usually, people who do research on overpopulation look at how many people the planet can feed. I believe that this number will shift dramatically, for the better, if more people exchange their flower gardens to fruit and vegetable gardens, and in general, get involved with homesteading.

“The original purpose of a homestead was to build a place where a family could live, grow food, and prosper. That doesn’t mean that you need to own acreage or have half a dozen children. Single people can be homesteaders, as can apartment dwellers.” Read more about “Homesteading.” 

Vertical Farming

“Vertical farming is the practice of producing food on vertically inclined surfaces. Instead of farming vegetables and other foods on a single level, such as in a field or a greenhouse, this method produces foods in vertically stacked layers commonly integrated into other structures like a skyscraper, shipping container or repurposed warehouse.”

We are already for a long time familiar with the practice of “vertical building,” building apartment buildings with several floors. The same can be done with gardens, obviously. It is all a matter of planning and designing, so the available space can be used more efficiently.

Greening the World’s Deserts

“What percentage of the earth’s land surface is desert? Deserts actually make up 33%, or 1/3rd of the land’s surface area.” If we could do something useful with the world’s deserts, that would have an enormous impact on humanity, obviously.

As mentioned in a previous post, it is possible to green the worlds deserts, through cattle farming. This is not just theory, but a subject thoroughly researched by Allan Savory. For more info and a more positive outlook on the subject of overpopulation, please watch the video below.