Framing the Dialogue

Parse-imony – Perilous Planet Predictions

January 11, 1960 Time Magazine Cover

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline:

Planet could be ‘unrecognizable’ by 2050, experts say

The article:

A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” [use of the word unrecognizable is very “wiggly” and can mean anything.  They want to scare, but anyone alive for more than 40 years will remember similar, dire, and WRONG predictions in “The Population Bomb”  about mass starvation in the near future.  Pick any 40 year period and there will have been unrecognizable changes.] world by 2050 [They have learned from the aforementioned predictions and now push them out very far], researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday.  The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, “with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia,” said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council. [“council” makes it sound so official and they are not for profit so they must be legit]  To feed all those mouths, “we will need to produce as much food [My guess is that the only experience any of these folks have with food production is the time they spend in their community garden or at the local hippie food co-op] in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000,” said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund [why quote a guy from the WWF at a conference about human populations?] at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). [or Association for Scientific Subterfuge you can figure out the acronym]

“By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if current trends continue [wiggle room], Clay said.  The swelling population will exacerbate problems, such as resource depletion [resources that are being put more and more out of our reach by these types of groups] , said John Casterline, director of the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State University.  But incomes are also expected to rise over the next 40 years – tripling globally and quintupling in developing nations – and add more strain to global food supplies.  People tend to move up the food chain as their incomes rise, consuming more meat than they might have when they made less money, the experts said [cows fart…these folks hate carnivores.  I am not sure why they have a beef with meat.].

It takes around seven pounds (3.4 kilograms) of grain to produce a pound of meat, and around three to four pounds of grain to produce a pound of cheese or eggs, experts told AFP.  “More people, more money, more consumption, but the same planet,” Clay told AFP, urging scientists and governments to start making changes now to how food is produced.  Population experts, meanwhile, called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans [Ding ding ding…they finally got to where they want to be.  Can you say eugenics?], especially in developing nations [eugenics].  “For 20 years, there’s been very little investment in family planning [No one will challenge the “very little investment” claim, but be clear that they are talking about sterilization, abortions, and “one child” policies – can you say China.], but there’s a return of interest now, partly because of the environmental factors like global warming  [they did not get the memo that it is now “climate change” at least in the winter] and food prices [prices have gone up since our food is now being used to make lousy gasoline substitute – ethanol],” said Bongaarts.

“We want to minimize population growth [If you leave off the word “growth” you’ll get a better idea of what they want], and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning [mass sterilization and abortions],” said Casterline.

[There must have been a similar conference as this in the pre-quel to Soylent Green movie]

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