New Video Refutes Myth That Overpopulation Causes Global World Hunger

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 4, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Video Refutes Myth That Overpopulation Causes Global World Hunger

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 4
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A new video released by the Population research Institute refutes the myth that the world is overpopulated and that overpopulation supposedly causes global world hunger. The video is the third installment in a series designed to refute notions about population that are popular but not based on scientific fact.

To date the series has garnered well over 200,000 views on YouTube, and has made PRI one of the more popular non-profit channels on the YouTube video channel.

Just under two minutes long, the video uses data from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Food Programme to explain world hunger and reveal how overpopulation is not causing it.

All this, while at the same time remaining simple, humorous and—most importantly—geek-friendly.

“We’re excited to offer another great installment of our highly popular YouTube series,” says PRI president Steven Mosher. “We can help educate young and old alike through this online video medium in the blessings of people, and do an end run around the ‘lamestream’ media’s fixation on the outdated theory of overpopulation.”

Colin Mason, PRI’s Director of Media Production, told “We also have a web site devoted solely to these videos: The site retains the aesthetic of the videos, while getting into a little more detail of the science itself.”

And Joel Bockrath, PRI’s Vice President for Operation, added that the organization is very excited about the video and web site.

“All of our content is downloadable. We think this could be a valuable resource for students and teachers especially, who may feel alone defending a sometimes unpopular position," he said.

In March, a United Nations report found the global trend of fertility decline and population aging will have devastating economic and societal effects on the developing world, particularly on women who are now targeted by UN agencies to further reduce fertility.

“World Population Ageing 2009” was published in December 2009 by the UN Population Division, a statistics research branch within the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Because fertility is decreasing in the developing world, there will be fewer and fewer workers to support aging citizens, the report found.

The ratio of workers to older non-workers dropped from 12 to 9 between 1950 and 2009. By 2050, there will be only 4 workers supporting every retiree.

The effects of fertility decline and population aging will hit the developing world hardest, according to the report, because, "The pace of population ageing is faster in developing countries than in developed countries. Consequently, developing countries will have less time to adjust to the consequences of population ageing.”

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