Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Fewer people is not the answer
According to Waste Management by Kaye Healey (ed), each person in the Western world now produces ten times the waste that the average person in 1920 did. People in 1920 grew a lot of their own fruit and vegetables. This also reduced the burden they placed upon agricultural land. Currently, a Western person produces 20 times more waste than a person in the third world. These facts demonstrate that it is not the number of people on the earth that counts, as much as it is the way they use the earth.