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Our busy 21st century world contains a great many more people than it ever has in written history With many recent advances in medicine and more food available to less wealthy countries our numbers continue to increase dramatically Some consider these facts solid ground on which to eventually start using a worldwide population control policy others point out the obvious moral questions and human right issues raised with such a dramatic debate I personally believe we should slowly implement some policy or suggestion to slow the constant exponential increase of our numbers on Earth before future generations are forced to resort to more drastic measures The time to act is now and countries such as Africa and Asia are starting to feel the strain of our possibly eminent overpopulation Some of the more obvious problems caused by overpopulation include food shortages pollution increased health problems and overall decreased quality of life Many of the food shortages in countries such as South Africa wouldnt be such a problem if the population didnt continue to increase at the rate it does currently In fact as mentioned in the Associated Press AP article Population growth in wealthy countries stopped the worlds major population growth takes place in the less wealthy countries where women have an average of 36 children as opposed to an average of 16 children per woman in developed countries Each year 123 million babies are born in less developed countries and only 13 million are born in the more developed ones Another problem pollution is painfully obvious to those of us who visit the larger cities The sheer number of people and transportation vehicles overcomes the environment with smog and other harmful pollutants which attribute to global warming These pollutants among other things such as viruses and bacteria cause many illnesses to spread like wildfire in poorer countries In the previously mentioned associated press article among the 16 million adults in the African country
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