- Clark, Leslie S. (Ed.)
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Regardless of the sophistication of man and the intricacy of his technology, the laws of nature continue to work although delayed at times by man's ability to readjust the environment. Nature insists that overpopulation be corrected. The methods are brutal from a humanitarian point of view. Take the bacteria that use the sugar in its environment to produce alcohol. After they produce a sufficient quantity of alcohol, a little over 10%, the alcohol so pervades the environment that the bacteria die - the result is wine. Is this different from a human booming population that could eventually poison enough of the water, land and air on a finite planet to result in a vast increase in the death rate?
A deer herd caught in a bad winter with a limited amount of food results in many of the individual deer dying form predation and disease because of their weakened condition, not to mention outright starvation. This has happened to human populations, is happening now in certain parts of the world, and will happen on a much grander scale in the future if natural law has to act as the population control.
Isn't planned growth, both human and material, within the limits of the planet's resources, a much kinder and gentler way to live within the dictates of the planet's biosystem?