Population soars and so does the prices of food, gas and other essentials. With the effects of climate changes and overpopulation, the food producing areas of the planet face destruction at a far greater pace then new areas can be found and placed into production.
The Central Valley in the State of California, one of the most productive areas of food for the USA and the world is quickly being gobbled up by rampant urban development. According to the America Farmland Trust, by 2050 more then 2.1 million acres in the rich California Farm belt will be turned into housing for the burgeoning population growth.
We have already seen the populations of many developing nations soar at an unprecedented rate. Their need for food, energy and other essentials is growing just as quickly. Climate changes have brought drought, flooding and crop failures to California and to areas that grow corn, wheat and other grain crops. These changes are hard to monitor and track, scientist are not positive as to the causes and to what outcomes will result. Not even experts can project long range results of any natural or man made changes to the earth's ecostructure.
Farmers in these areas remark that new farming areas are not being brought up to production in near the rate that existing areas fall victim to the effects of urbanization or climatic recalibration. The prices of essential commodities will continue to rise globally due to increasing populations, including the addition of 70-80 million more mouths to feed every year, diversion of food crops into biofuels production, increasing consumption of meat (which uses far more land to grow the crops fed to livestock), and rising energy prices. All of these put upward pressure on prices and threatens shortages world wide.
According to Californians for Population Stabilization "If California is to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, it must grasp the nettle of overpopulation. Unsustainable population growth must be checked. There is less an emerging shortage of food than a "longage" of population. Since virtually all present and projected growth is from immigration and higher average immigrant fertility, these must be reduced. If we don't, then one day California will struggle just to feed its own citizens, no less the nation and the world. "
No one realizes the real population growth in the world at large as the majority of countries have inaddequate population monitors and controls. Birth control amongst educated populations has grown somewhat, but surges in populations are still unrestricted in well over 90% of the worlds nations. It is regarded as a basic human right to procreate in almost all of the world and efforts at restricting growth in these areas is seen as racially motivated rather then a sensible approach to world stabilization.
We will face tremendous opposition to population control due to racial, ethical and religious reasons. No one culture wants to admit that their populace may be contributing to overpopulation.