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1 Running head: POPULATION GROWTH AND FOOD SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES Population Growth and Food Sustainability Challenges Name Institutional Affiliation
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2 POPULATION GROWTH AND FOOD SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The global population is growing at a very high rate. Currently, the world population is estimated to be about 7.3 billion. Scientists estimate that going by the current growth trends, the global population will hit 9 billion by 2050. All this is attributed to the enhanced agricultural methods and medical innovations, which have served to improve people’s life expectancy. And despite the fertility levels declining significantly, many developing nations have seen an unprecedented rise in their populations because of reduced poverty levels over the years. This population rise trend is however an unwelcomed phenomenon as it has stretched human demand for natural resources beyond what the planet can offer. Increased population means a rise in demand for food, water, and energy, which together serve to sustain humanity. Hence, the reason for humanity to cut back on its natural resources’ demands and consumption. This paper seeks to look at different concepts in regards to food sustainability and population growth like carrying capacity, possible outcomes of population growth, and the merits and demerits of reducing population growth. Carrying capacity or ecological limits can be defined as the limit to what a given ecosystem can produce. The moment you stretch that limit to extremities, the ecosystem gets ruined. As human beings’ population rises, the demand for more food is bound to exceed the carrying capacity of our planet. And the end results will be nothing short of catastrophic. Impacts
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