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The Maltusian Moment? Should we eat our parents? Or our children? Or our pets? Or our pets? Gross Domestic Product Birth and Death Rates, Worldwide Rates of birth, death, and natural increase per 1,000 population Natural Increase

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the maltusian moment
The Maltusian Moment?
  • Should we eat our parents?
  • Or our children?
  • Or our pets?

Or our pets?

birth and death rates worldwide
Birth and Death Rates, Worldwide

Rates of birth, death, and natural increase per 1,000 population

Natural Increase

Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision, 2005.

notes on birth and death rates worldwide

Notes on Birth and Death Rates, Worldwide

Birth rates and death rates are declining around the world.

Overall economic development, public health programs, and improvements in food production and distribution, water, and sanitation have led to dramatic declines in death rates. And women now have fewer children than they did in the 1950s.

What happens when the lines birth rate and death rate cross?

That is, who will pay for retirement (with a pay as you go system]? And this is already happening in many European countries.

reaching replacement fertility
Reaching Replacement Fertility

Average number of children per woman

Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision, 2005.

diverging trends in fertility reduction
Diverging Trends in Fertility Reduction

Average number of children per woman

Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision, 2005.

growth in more less developed countries
Growth in More, Less Developed Countries

Billions

Less Developed Regions

More Developed Regions

Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision (medium scenario), 2005.