Flashcards in Population Resource Debate Deck (34)
There are too many people in an area relative to the available resources and level of technology available locally to maintain a high standard of living.
Who are the optimists?
Boserup, Simon, Lomborg
There are too few people in an area to use the resources and technology efficiently.
Characteristics of overpopulation
low income per capita
Characteristics of underpopulation
high income per capita
low maximum income
define optimum population
there is a balance between population size and the amount of resources available. This is a theoretical population that will produce the highest standard of living, and the concept changes when technology improves.
Views of optimists (3)
population increase means increased demand for food
this means technological improvements are made
therefore population growth continues unchecked.
evidence of optimists (general thing)
Predictions of past environmental disasters have not occurred.
1960s optimist evidence
population explosion concerns = growth slowed
1970s optimist evidence
oil crisis and fear of food supply failure = more oil reserves found and green revolution + intensification of agriculture = more food per head
1990s optimist evidence
deforestation concerns = rainforests still 80% intact
Who was Boserup and what did she publish?
A danish economist who published 'The Conditions for Agricultural Growth'
What did Boserup say?
Necessity is the mother of invention
Boserup argument (3)
- Population approaches limits of food supply
- Human innovation and technology advances = food supply increases
- So food production keeps up with growth
example for Boserup argument
High population density = soil exhaustion and reduced fertility = use fertilisers and irrigate (agricultural intensification)
3 pieces of Evidence Boserup
- There is enough food to feed world, problem is distribution
- Famine only result of growing cash crops (Zimbabwe), natural disasters and wars
- Yields improved by Green revolution (seeds increased yield by 8x) and GM crops
What did Lomborg say?
current hunger, deforestation and climate change issues overstated
We should divert resources to the right areas to solve poverty and hunger e.g. Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Cost of tackling climate change too great; should adjust
Lomborg evidence (1)
Food supplies continue to increase globally due to improvements in agriculture, rising incomes and education
Who are the pessimists?
Malthus, Club of Rome, Ehrlich
Views of Pessimists (5)
- Population increase = increased demand for food
- Less food per person
- Increased death rate
- Decreased fertility
- Decline in population
5 bits of evidence pessimists
- Wars and famines (Sudan, Ethiopia, Sahel)
- FAO states > 800M chronically malnourished and 2 billion lack Food Security
- water scarcity predicted to be major issue
- Climate change
- non renewable resources (oil) running out
When was malthus alive?
malthus argument title
Growth is stopped by various factors
Explain malthus argument (3)
- Population grows geometrically
- Food supply grows arithmetically
- point of crisis reached where population > resources
What are the two outcomes malthus?
What are positive checks malthus? (4)
Population growth > food supply
increased death rate
growth checked by famine, war, disease
population recovers = cycle continues
What are negative checks malthus? (4)
population growth nearly exceeds food supply
food shortages predicted and growth slows = keep within limits of food supply.
- BR falls due to subconscious decisions: food prices rise and living standards fall = more abortion and birth control, postponement of marriage.
3 evidence Malthus
- famine in LEDCs where growth fast = positive checks
- Attempts to cater for growing population = environmental disasters e.g. global warming, desertification
- water supply shortage predicted = follows idea for food