THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
AS THE WORLD’S POPULATION GROWS . . .

It's folly to believe nature has no limits

July 26, 2011

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WHAT PLANET is Jeff Jacoby living on? Just because the “population alarmists’’ have not correctly predicted the timing of an overpopulation crisis, that does not mean it will never happen (“Population boon,’’ Op-ed, July 20).

While every life is sacred, and it would be wonderful if every parent could joyously welcome a new baby and have the resources to support the child, as in the example of David and Victoria Beckham, this is too often not the case.

It’s true, humans have become much more efficient at extracting resources from the earth, but it is folly to believe that nature does not have limits - potentially catastrophic ones. There have been mass extinctions of life forms several times on this planet and enormous loss of human life by famine and disease.

The question is not will the planet survive, but will we and our societies as we know them.

Elaine Olmstead, Acton