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The population trap

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:507
  1. Imre Loefler, editor (
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    In Johannesburg they talked about the scarcity of water, land, food, medicines, and education, the disappearance of forests, and the depletion in fish stocks. They talked about trade and sustainable development, and they identified, yet again, poverty, ignorance, disease, and the cussedness of the rich as the factors that keep the poor world poor, make it gradually poorer, destroy the environment and, by diminishing hope, increase hate. What they did not talk about was population growth, the demographic entrapment of many countries, and the consequences. Even if one disagrees with Maurice King, who claims that the US State Department prevents all sensible discussion about demography (BMJ 1999;319:998-1001), one must concede his point that there is an international taboo: it is not desirable to speak about population problems.

    The covenant with Noah has been fulfilled. Man has multiplied, invaded every niche on earth

    It appears that many of the politically correct, some of those who are religious, …

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