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The Question (ID Number 723)...

    It would seem from the earth's point of view that a flu pandemic which some people are worried about would be good for the world since it would reduce the human population, and it would certainly be perfectly natural. What do you think?

    ...and the response:

    If a flu pandemic were to kill off half the world's human population, we'd be back to where we were in 1960, at three billion. If we then went on as we're presently going on, it would take us only forty years to get back to six billion. The only permanent solution is changing people's minds about the food race, which can't be won in any final way, because every "win" on the side of food production is answered by a "win" on the side of population growth; to achieve population stability. we have to walk away from that raceand that won't happen until people understand that pursuing the race is going to end in catastrophe.


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