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If you assume a fertility rate of one child per woman you end up with a vegetative growth rate of about -1% which means it takes about 70 years for population to drop to the level of the 1960's which is where I believe it might be sustainable assuming average consumption also drops to 1960's levels.

In other words: overpopulation is so bad of a problem at this point, as there isn't much that can humanely be done to reduce population faster than 1% per year, that reductions in consumption also need to be undertaken. Over to you.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 5th, 2007 at 03:49:11 AM EST
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