Editor’s Note: While TPTB (aka The Powers That Be) would have us all believe the Earth is so overpopulated its about to fall out of space, fertility and birth rates are dropping all over the developed world, with many developed countries not even meeting the necessary replacement rate of 2.1 for their populations to remain stable at current levels. (Notice in the article below, a 2.1 replacement rate is now referred to as “high”.)
The only nations where population growth is rising are in the developing world where diseases rates and infant mortality rates are high and life expectancy rates are much lower than the rest of the world. In fact, all available data shows the Earth’s population will likely top out around 9 billion, then start to go back down…
There’s an agenda behind the overpopulation myth, and it’s not just so people will plant more trees and recycle.
Oct. 16, 2012
In developed countries today many women receive educations and earn salaries that are on a par with those of men. The fact that women are no longer socially or economically dependent on men has radically altered young people’s lifestyles. A woman can now choose to remain single, marrying only when a man adds value to her life or when she desires to have children within such a framework.
This is creating big changes throughout the developed world. The replacement rate—the reproduction rate that keeps a population stable—for developed countries is 2.1, yet nearly half the world’s population has birth rates lower than that. The U.S. has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.0—nearly the replacement rate—with Hispanic immigrants leading in birth rates. The U.S. is aging but not as fast as many other countries. A 2010 census showed that 31.4 million Americans live alone—27% of all households (equal to the percentage of childless couples). Living alone allows people to pursue individual freedom, exert personal control and go through self-realization, but these people have fewer children.
Western European countries have low fertility rates, below the replacement rate of 2.1. Germany: 1.4 (its total population is 81.9 million, of which 8.2% are foreigners). Holland: 1.8 (16.5 million, of which 4.4% are foreigners). Belgium: 1.8 (10.8 million, of which 9.8% are foreigners). Spain: 1.4 (46.1 million, of which 12.4% are foreigners). Italy: 1.4 (60.2 million, of which 7.1% are foreigners), the Pope’s views notwithstanding. Sweden, which provides deep support for parents, has a high TFR of 1.9 (9.4 million, of which 6.4% are foreigners), but that’s still below the replacement rate. Ireland and the U.K. also have high TFRs, at 2.1 and 1.9, respectively, but these rates are derived from non-European immigrant parents.