Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Global Population and Neo-malthusians

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    Outline your perspective on global population issues and your alignment with neo-Malthusians or neoclassical economists. Consider and respond to the following questions:
    ? Where do you believe the world stands in terms of global population?
    ? Is the current global population exhausting the Earth's carrying capacity or will market forces driving new technologies allow for continuous growth of the Earth's carrying capacity?
    ? What steps, if any, should be taken to control population growth or mitigate its environmental impacts?

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 6:25 pm ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    Neo-malthusians believe that 1) population growth will outstrip agricultural growth and lead to irreversible environmental degradation 2) Both extensification (encroachment on more fragile land) and intensification (shorter fallow, overuse of fertilizers,..) of agriculture will lead to land degradation. 3) Non-material values (intrinsic values) of environment of importance. 4) To the three classical Malthusian checks (war, famine, disease), "environmental collapse" is added: pressed too far by technological advances, a dangerous inflated population may destroy the ecosystem that support it.

    Alternately, neoclassical economists usually assume that human beings make the choices that give them the ...

    Solution Summary

    neo-Malthusians vs. neoclassical economists