Six Billion and Counting: Population Growth and Food Security in the 21st Century
Klaus M. Leisinger, Karin Schmitt, Rajul Pandya-LorchISBN: 0896297055; 9780896297050;
Despite substantial advances in family health and family planning over the past 30 years, global population has continued to grow by about 80 million people each year, with the total surpassing 6 billion people in 1999. Six Billion and Counting examinesthe consequences of continuing population growth for the world's resource systems and for national and global food security. The authors offer a sober analysis of a complex and alarming situation. They assess the progress the world has made in controlling population growth and point to the areas where future difficulties will lie. They describe the effects of rapid population growth on social and economic conditions and on natural resources, and they consider what population growth will mean for the food security of poor people and poor countries. In addition, they address how sociocultural norms and the roles of women and children in traditional societies affect birth rates. According to the authors, neither the...