Problem of numbers or distribution?

Gwynne Dyer asks if we should worry about falling sperm counts and concludes:

If this decline in sperm counts is caused by environmental factors, then it can almost certainly be reversed eventually by doing enough research and then eliminating those factors. In the meantime, however, we are passing through the astounding total of seven billion humans beings, on our way to nine or 10 billion.

That’s far too many for this finite planet, and a rapid decline in the birth rate, even to below replacement level, would be a good thing.

But if there is a population problem, and that is debatable, is it one of number or distribution?

Birth rates in few if any first world countries are high enough for replacement let alone growth.

Hat tip: Tracey who left the link in Sunday’s Open Mic post.

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2 Responses to Problem of numbers or distribution?

  1. Andrei says:

    What a ridiculous article from a ridiculous individual.

    Birth rates in few if any first world countries are high enough for replacement let alone growth.

    True enough and something a few nations have realized will lead to dire consequences because the negative effects are already starting to bite and will increase

    Do you think that the fact we murder 17000+ infants in this country each year before they are born might have something to do with that? Nothing to do with “falling sperm counts”, absolutely NOTHING!

    In the last twenty years we have “terminated” enough people to populate a city the size of Hamilton!!!!!

    The most important thing the vast majority of people ever do with their lives, which are finite, surprisingly enough, is to raise the next generation but we have forgotten this and our values are now in the sewer as we commit civilizational suicide.

    We are so stupid that we cannot differentiate between a fecund breeding couple aka a man and a women and the non fecund man and man or woman and woman pairing and want to treat them equally – a bizarre concept from a decadent people hell bent on squandering their birthright and heritage

  2. TraceyS says:

    There was a similar study published about a year or two ago and it was treated as a joke by the NZ media. It’s easy to laugh about things we don’t feel entirely comfortable talking about to relieve the unease, but one day soon people will have to start taking this issue seriously. Otherwise, within one generation all men could be below the threshold for fertility.

    It would be good to see a study done with a wider demographic. It is important to know if there is a pattern amongst those affected. The the question of whether there’s a problem of number or distribution can then be answered. If it is truly an issue with modern living at the heart, then the current patterns for births are likely to be exacerbated.

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