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(From Chapter 19 Nigelquest - population and the environment)
No country show us the fate of man so well as Haiti. In the last 50 years, population on the island has risen from 3.8 million to 9 million, and during the same period, forest cover declined from 60% to 2%. Population density is 324 people/square kilometer compared to 31 people/square kilometer for the U.S. Although Haiti has 28% arable land (the U.S. has only 18%), erosion, overuse, desertification, flooding and high birth rates (an average of 4 children per woman compared to 2 per woman in the States) condemn most Haitians to a culture much like that of Calhoun’s rats. The numbers say it clearly: infant mortality stands at 60 deaths per 1,000 live births (compared to 3/1,000 for Japan and 6/1,000 for the States), and 80% of Haitians live in poverty.
A collapse of Haiti’s population should result because already mothers there feed their children mud cakes to fill their stomachs and keep them from crying. But the world has come to Haiti’s aid. External contributions of food and the presence of the United Nations Stabilization Mission (soldiers) prevents Haiti deteriorating further, which is a shame because then mankind could see its future since the Earth has no external police force and external food source.
Some combination of the deer model and the rat model will occur to the whole globe. Even if it were possible to limit the size of all families immediately, population would continue to grow for a generation or two because there are so many young people reaching breeding age. No matter what we do, extinctions will continue and resources will deteriorate. The complexity and diversity that make the world so beautiful will loose ground to subdivisions and will be crowded out by ‘development.’ The world as we’ve enjoyed it slips away.
Grandpa, what were elephants like?
Awesome, boy, awesome. Magnificent, actually. And caring. I can take you to a movie. You can see for yourself what wonderful creatures they were.
Why’d they kill them, Grandpa? And why’d they kill the Orkas and the wolves?
The old man was silent for a long time.
Grandma, the young boy said at last, when will the mud cakes be ready?
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