Apparently there's been some talk of overpopulation in here in some threads, but no thread dedicated to it, so here goes. Do you think it's a problem? We recently exceeded the seven billion mark and people are still making more and more babies all the time. I've heard people say this is not an issue and the world could easily support much more, the craziest estimate I've heard is the North Americas supporting 200 billion people. It works if you assume it's enough to physically have space for all humans. But the fact that just a small amount of land is inhabited by humans, doesn't mean it's not used by humans. We need agricultural lands, forests, clean water etc. to support us. Some disagree but I also feel other species have a right to exist on this planet and it's immoral to wipe them out to make more room for humans when there would be enough room for us, if we just stopped overbreeding. Many say the problem is not the number of people, but the way we live. The truth is, they're both problems. Let's say the amount of resources consumed by humans is the resources consumed an average human times the number of humans. It becomes clear that the overconsumption can be solved both ways, preferably a bit of both. Population control might be the easier way, since it may be easier to get people to limit the number of their children than to get them to live simpler lives. With modern population sizes, simple living in some ways is not possible. If we moved back to living in the nature, hunting, fishing, gathering etc. we would run out of space pretty soon, not to mention lakes would be fished clean of all life, animals hunted to extinction. The modern way of life is not sustainable either. There's famine, water shortage, resource depletion, overcrowding and the upcoming peak oil and these problems are just getting worse. Some people say these are political problems and that there exists food for all people. This is true, but do you really think when we have trouble feeding the 7 billion we have now, we would be better off with 10 or 20 billion? That these political problems would then disappear? I can't justify having more babies, when there are so many already here, many of them without parents and suffering in horrible conditions. The Green Revolution helped us feed ourselves but it has its limits and there is no reason to think that technology and science will always save us in the future. What do you think? Should we control the population and if so, how?