LAR-322_Human-Pop_Ag-Food

LAR-322_Human-Pop_Ag-Food - LAR 322 Environmental Issues...

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World population reached 6.5 billion in 2006. Although population rates have slowed in the past 20 years, absolute growth still adds over 70 million people to the world each year. In most countries, except those ravaged by AIDS and war, most people are living longer and somewhat less- impoverished lives (International Population Reports, US Census Bureau, 2004). Nevertheless, according to the United Nations, GlobalIssues.org, and many other organizations – access to adequate food, shelter and other resources remains a pressing problem for roughly half of the world’s population. Disparity between the rich and poor continues – with developed nations (20% of the population) consuming 86% of the world’s goods ( http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Facts.asp ). Organizations such as the UNEP, CARE, Oxfam, and The Earth Institute seek to help the impoverished through direct aid, technical assistance, and promoting changes in policy ( http://unep.org/poverty_environment/ ; http://www.care.org/ ; http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/ ; http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/endofpoverty/ ). I. Human Population Growth
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