English_Master June 2, 2016 No Comments
ONE BILLION INDIANS: FAILURE OF OUR POPULATION POLICY “Suppose you own a pond in which a water lily is growing. The lily plant doubles in size each day. If the lily were allowed to grow unchecked, it would cover the pond in thirty days choking off other forms of life in the water. For a long time, the lily plant seems small and so you decide not to worry about cutting it back until it covers more than half the pond. On what day will that be? On the twenty-ninth day, of course.” Meadows and D.H. Potomac use this French riddle in “The Limits To Growth” to illustrate the apparent suddenness with which a fixed limit is reached in exponential growth. The late Dr. Alan Gregg, member of the Rockefeller Foundation found a biological analogue between present population dynamics and the unrestricted growth of cancer cells in A Medical Aspect of the Population Problem. Certainly, it is not a mere coincidence that whenever we think of the silent explosion of population, the metaphors that spring to the mind are all connected with suffocation, choking off other forms of life, malignant growth and finally death This problem is a problem of sheer numbers. It raises questions of how the new millions are...
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