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Charles Darwin Warns of
Starvation --- pr
war --- are the unavoidable ends to which the world's present
rate of population growth is driving, in the opinion of Sir
Charles Darwin, distinguished British scientist, who delivered
the second Charter Week address at the University of California.
the great evolutionary theorist who first charted the
development of the human species, Sit Charles sees population
far outdistancing the capacity of natural resources to provide
for human needs.
"Nature's way is
to produce too many, and kill off the excess," he pointed out.
"I am a pessimist about the ability of human beings to limit
their numbers in a better way. British control, yes, but not
unless everybody practices it and they do not.
"In the past 250
years world population has quadrupled, and only by a most
abnormal combination of scientific and economic developments has
provision been made for their maintenance. Even so, two-thirds
of the world's population is already underfed. An almost
miraculous effort of agricultural advance resulted in an 8 per
cent increase in the world's food supply between 1947 and 1953.
And in those same year's population went up 11 per cent.
"At the World
Population Conference in Rome recently, world authorities
estimated that the present population of 2,500,000,000 would
grow to 4,000,000,000 in 59 years, 6,000,000,000 in 100 years.
The agricultural people estimated they might be able to double
food supplies in that time. Other natural resources are being
exhausted. Half the minerals removed from the earth in all its
history have been mined since 1920."
Charles Darwin Warns of Over-population Crisis." The
Daily Gazette. 1956.
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