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How much the world population has increased in a century, from 1913-2013.
Population Overload

Mark A. Mc Lemore

Here are some questions you might find yourself asking: Why can't I find a job? Why is food getting more and more expensive? What about those outrageous gas prices? Why can't I hit it big in the Big City? Why can't I breath?

There is perhaps a single answer for all of these questions- OVERPOPULATION. Just over two centuries ago (est. 1804) the world population hit a milestone; one billion people on planet Earth, 123 years later (est. 1927) we hit two billion. Flash forward to today, only 85 years later, January 13, 2013, the world population is 7,057,802,355 according to the US Census Bureau.

So what does this mean for us as consumers? Well, it means there is more competition, for jobs, resources and even basic needs like food and shelter. As consumers we should be more resourceful. Use some of our space for producing food or, if we remove a tree, replace a tree. We should recycle our plastics and metals and educate others to do the same. Even be careful how much paper products we use. Maybe find alternate means of transportation. Perhaps, become more involved with local businesses and maybe even local politics,

Have you ever thought about how much oil the Earth has within it? How much longer before it is drained? What about all the stuff we pull out of it, like minerals and coal, and then burn it or spread it across the surface? Our buildings are reaching the sky, while the earth below them is becoming hollow. No wonder our planet opens up and consumes the parasites on its surface.

Also, just my opinion, there are a few global terrors looming in the not so distant future. A world wide pandemic or a war where no country will be neutral. These things begin to look more like a necessity than a possibility as our population escalates and our resources dwindle.

This would be a good spot to plug in something I heard my son-in-law talking about recently; there may be a shortage on chocolate in 2014. This is a renewable resource, sure, but for the past three years there have been droughts in Africa, a major contributor of raw cocoa, causing a yearly decline in this resource. Imagine a world where only the rich can have chocolate? Did I say something about war being inevitable?

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