June 13, 1952

Report Outline
Consequences of World Population Growth
Accelerating Rates of Population Increase
Proposed Solutions for Overpopulation
Food Supply and Overpopulation
Special Focus

Consequences of World Population Growth

For Most Americans, who view their country as a vigorously growing nation with ample resources to maintain an increasing population, the world prospect of over 60,000 additional mouths to feed each day is not a cause of serious concern. Little heed has heretofore been given to warnings of population experts who say that mankind is breeding more new life than the world's resources can support.

In recent years these warnings have taken on new urgency and the significance of world population problems to the United States is now becoming increasingly clear. Total population of the globe in 1950 was estimated at 2.4 billion. According to current estimates, if the human race continues to multiply at the rate of the first three postwar years, world population in 1980 will total 3.5 billion—a rise of nearly one-half in three decades. The bulk of this increase would come in Asia and in Latin America which already have areas of serious malnutrition or starvation.

West's Contribution to Population Pressures

With the best of intentions, the United States and other advanced nations have contributed, through humanitarian application of their scientific knowledge, to the building up of intense population pressures elsewhere. Japan and Puerto Rico are prime examples.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Jan. 16, 2015  Global Population Growth
Nov. 16, 2012  Changing Demographics
Nov. 21, 2008  Declining Birthrates
Jul. 17, 1998  Population and the Environment
Jul. 16, 1993  Population Growth
Oct. 26, 1984  Feeding a Growing World
Aug. 02, 1974  World Population Year
Nov. 24, 1971  Zero Population Growth
Nov. 01, 1967  Population Profile of the United States
Aug. 15, 1962  Population Control
Jun. 13, 1952  Overpopulation
Mar. 10, 1930  Population Problems
Population Control