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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: NEW INTERNATIONALIST (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906523460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906523466
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a very readable, jargon-free book that challenges the many myths and inaccuracies about population. It also challenges us all to rethink what the real drivers of resource shortages, land degradation and global warming actually are' David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London. 'Extremely readable and well-written. The arguments- utterly and absolutely non-mainstream - are substantiated by solid data and citations. Publications of this nature are hugely welcome in view of the lies and myths that prevail in the dominant discourse on population globally' Professor Mohan Rao, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Vanessa Baird has been co-editor at New Internationalist magazine since 1986. Previous books include, as compiler and editor, Eye to Eye Women and The No-Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity.

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By fergus on 28 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
I think this book is commendable in trying to answer questions about world population, but I believe the author bases her ideas on wishful thinking. Yes, in theory a world population of 10 billion could be supported if we all ate cereals and no meat, but she does not take human nature into account. This is just an academic exercise. People will always strive to improve their lifestyle even if it is to the detriment of others. People are not all going to agree to eat cereals. Furthermore she tries to pretend that over population is not the problem - yes it is! How on earth she cannot make the link between over-population and environmental devastation and war is beyond me. This book is full of wooly, pie in the sky wishful thinking which does not take into account human nature.
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