Whispers From the Future

Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.


The exponential increase of the population at a global level is an alarming reality that merits the attention not only of those countries which are most struggling with the burden of a heightened population increase, but the worldwide community. Thomas Malthus qualified survival as, "The perpetual struggle for room and food" and hypothesized that because the human population grows exponentially, and food production grows linearly, there will be a point where the food produced by the earth's people will simply not be enough to keep those same people alive. Malthus' hypothesis, though proven to be right in some regions of the world, has yet to be proved on a global scale because, whenever things have looked bleak, technology has provided a solution. However, we have no way of identifying if this convenient mutualism will prevail over the years.

Today, the rate of population growth has slowed in wealthy, industrialized nations, but has continued to grow rapidly in less developed nations, which only supports the assumption that worldwide efforts are needed. Both science and values are involved in such an issue because, for example, every single person in the world could be fed it the most industrialized countries...

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