Chances are good that the 9 billionth citizen of earth will be born about 60 years from now and that this will be the highest population number ever.rmay635703 wrote:
Also we definitely need population controls, because of our nature having the number of people on the planet that we do we are running in a massive energy deficit just to produce factory food, believe me, if we need to ACTUALLY DO THE RIGHT THING at some point and depend on crop rotations and mother nature like we did historically there will be a massive dieoff. just look at what happened in n korea after they couldn't produce enough synthetic petrochemical nitrogen fertalizer, then compare to what happened when a well prepared Cuba when they encountered the same issue. neither faired well, people did starve and go malnourished, Cuba did much better because they prepared but inevitably could not produce as much food using correct and proper methods of agriculture
No controls needed, just educate women, increase overall economic well being, and populations start to drop.
The 1st world is not growing in population at all, the developing world is following hard on our heels...overall birthrates are way down.
Currently at ~ 2.5 births/woman (remember, 2.1 is the replacement rate, just to keep numbers not from dropping), down from 4.9 in the 1960s.
There will be no overpopulation catastrophe. The world can carry 9 billion people for a while and it will be constantly going down from there.
Japan is good example of how this goes. Its population peaked in 2010 at 128 million, and is now in decline.