Saturday, 21 May 2011

Population Grows

A higher population is not necessarily a more productive population.

Once, agriculture and industry needed labour ... and many developed countries imported labour to keep things moving forward.

Technology has changed all that. Now production rises as a result of better technology, better systems, creativity and innovation - not as a result of more labour.

In fact a rising population simply means more mouths to feed.

A number of countries with rising populations are about to face a crisis ... the next couple of decades will see them struggle to find enough food, water and shelter. They have to find ways of educating their current population to restrict the size of families ... and curb the growth that will undermine their growing economies.

The best way to do this is to 'emancipate' women, put them into the workforce, educate them, enrich their lives and make them wealthier.

In some countries, this doesn't seem too likely.

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