Julian Simon's
Food Fantasy

"Food. Contrary to popular impression, food production per capita has been increasing for the half-century since World War II, the only decades for which we have acceptable data. We also know that famine has progressively diminished for at least the past century. Average height has increased in developed countries in recent centuries, a sign that people are eating better. And there is compelling reason to believe that human nutrition will continue to improve into the indefinite future, even with continued population growth."

Julian Simon, 1996
The Ultimate Resource 2



SUDAN, 2003

Julian Simon was obviously suffering from delusions. In 1988 it was estimated that 950 million people were suffering from malnutrition. The smoke screen was that people were dying from identifiable diseases, which of course could be cured with proper medicine. But it was the poor diet coupled with hunger and poor sanitation produced a population that was susceptible to epidemics. No country wants to admit that their people are starving. It is easier to blame the developed and wealthy countries for lack of donations of huge sums of money to care for their people. Money, money, money. That will solve all. But the truth is that a rapidly expanding population coupled with greedy leaders, corruption and religious conflict produce a starving popuation. Just look at the age distribution chart for the Sudan:


AGE DISTRIBUTION: SUDAN

Note that there are far more numbers of young than needed to replace those at the reproductive ages. This population is on a relentless population explosion...and the population is starving to death. Where is all this available food, Julian??? To say it is only caused by the military action of Muslims and terrorists is nothing but a hoax. Yes, that adds to their suffering, but we don't see that in Norway, Canada, Spain or Costa Rica. They are keeping their population stable or at least to a very slow minimum growth. Massive population growth increases tension and conflict....but Simon would not care, for these people are non-white races.

Yes, out of control, population growth indeed results in a famine stricken populations. Many populations are expolding out of control and disease (AIDS) or famine is the only and last population check for those poor people. Meanwhile, people like Julian Simon can convince the likes of Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to share in his pipe dreams.

And don't try to say that the Sudan is an exception. Just look at what happened in North Korea, Kenya, Ethiopia, India and China. China had massive famines before they imposed coercive birth control and abortions. Do we have to go to that extreme to bring about a rational and reasonable population stabelization?? Why must we have relentless population growth?? If you ask Julian Simon, read his comment on the advantages of ever increasing populations.



One hundred years of famine - a pause for reflection

"As the millennium draws to a close, memories of the appalling man-made famine in southern Sudan last year are hard to erase. Even as this issue of Field Exchange goes to press, thousands of Angolans teeter on the edge of starvation; pawns in a long and brutal civil war over which they have little control. Famines have occurred with monotonous frequency throughout the 20th century despite enormous technological, economic and social advances - the Ukraine famine in the 1930s, the Bengal and Dutch famines of the 1940s, the great China famine of the 1950s, Biafra in the late 1960s, famines in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan in the 1970s-90s. There are many others, though perhaps lesser known. What most of these famines have in common is a shared cause; they were all created by man. Some of the man-made famines of this century are described below. The accounts are stark, harrowing and shameful. Yet their causes and impact bear striking similarities to the famines of today."

Fiona Watson
Institute of Child Health


It is clear that as Simon stated " We also know that famine has progressively diminished for at least the past century " is so wrong that it borders on lunacy. Julian Simon must have written this statement while traveling on a luxury yacht to Hawaii. See the Central American Famine.


 

"India's Population Time Bomb

It has been two decades since I last visited India, yet I was not prepared for the extent of poverty and squalor and the great number of beggars that we encountered on virtually every street corner and back alley - this has increased enormously since my last visit - and it deeply shocked IHEU delegates from the Western world. India now has over 960 million people, and demographers predict that its population will eventually outstrip China's. Twenty years ago the Indian government was committed to making birth-control information available - including contraceptives, vasectomies, sterilizations, and abortions - but these programs were driven by purely demographic objectives, treated women as statistics, and were deeply unpopular. It is significant that in one state in India, Kerala, where for decades individual well-being has been the driving force behind social programs, family sizes have fallen, so population growth has slowed, life expectancy is as high as in the United States, and the quality of life has raced ahead. But Kerala is the exception. In most of India today these programs are languishing and the misery index seems to be rising as a result. Many Indians believe that children are "gifts of the gods," or they wish to have large families - especially many sons - to support them in their old age. Our taxi-cab driver during the Congress, a friendly Muslim, related to us that he had six children, and that they lived in a room 10' x 10', yet he wished to have still more children! Unfortunately, many families still do not have adequate contraceptive information or the means to practice birth control. Obviously, some people might like to have smaller families, but they don't know it's possible, particularly if they are illiterate.

.....there is strong resistance to population policies, particularly by both Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists. An estimated 300 million Indians are now below the poverty level. Unless there is a deceleration of these growth patterns, many predict a social explosion in coming years. The infrastructures of cities such as Mumbai are stretched to the limit. Mumbai is India's leading commercial city, yet its water, sewer, and sanitation systems and roads are decaying. The plight of other cities and villages in the interior is far worse. According to Amartya Sen, India's Nobel Prize-winning economist, the literacy rate in India is 52% of adults, and malnourishment strikes 64% of its children. A recent study showed that more than half of the children under 12 in seven Indian cities are afflicted with lead poisoning. The situation is grave.

There are surely some bright spots in India. It is still the largest parliamentary democracy in the world. Moreover, since 1991 large-scale capital has been invested in India, and a new software computer industry has developed in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and elsewhere. This is due in large part to the removal of burdensome governmental regulations and the opening up of a free market for foreign capital. Indian computer specialists are now regarded among the best in the world. As a result of this and other industrial developments, a growing middle class of some 250 million people is emerging. Yet for every step forward, the growth of population drains resources and impedes any appreciable advance in the standard of living. Mumbai's pollution is enormous - there are few catalytic converters on automobiles and taxis and unbelievable traffic jams fill the air with unbreathable smog. With open sewers everywhere in evidence, health standards, particularly for children, are difficult to maintain. Indeed, at the Centre where we met, nearby swamps were infested with mosquitoes, and many IHEU delegates were fearful of contracting malaria, filariasis, and other diseases.

The United States had taken a leadership role in family planning and population assistance in earlier decades. Unfortunately, the Christian Coalition, in alliance with the Vatican, has in recent years sought to stall such efforts in the U.S. Congress - largely because of theological opposition to both abortion and contraception. Humanists need to persuade their fellow citizens - religious and nonreligious alike - that there is a compelling need to provide contraceptive information to the developing world. Religious Americans, including Roman Catholics and Protestant fundamentalists as distinct from their leaders, are willing to use contraceptives at the same rate as other Americans. Why not make these services available to men and especially women in the developing world who desperately need them?"


Paul Kurtz
Editor-in-Chief
Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 19, Number 2.


DECREASING WORLD GRAIN SUPPLY
(per person)

What economists are saying, that the world's grain production is increasing and has never been higher does not take into consuderation the human population increase even though the economists claim that it does. Their argument is deceptive and disingenuous, an argument that leads to the tragic consequences of famine. When population increases are included in the grain supply statistics, the actual production per person has been declining. Thus grain production has not kept up with the world's human population growth.

And what does Simon say about these things?? "Average height has increased in developed countries in recent centuries, a sign that people are eating better."

Which people?? Those of developed countries, if I read correctly. Apparently Simon never stepped out of his ivory tower...

And what does Simon say about these things?? "Average height has increased in developed countries in recent centuries, a sign that people are eating better."

Isn't it wonderful that Simon has such insight?? What about the mentality of those who worship Simon $$??