Friday, September 21, 2012

Professor Wants U.S. Population Cut 50%

During a speech earlier this year given by University of California-Riverside professor Richard Cardullo, the cottonseed derivative Gossypol is being proposed as an adequate sterilant to bring down the birthrate in the United States. Stating that the substance's permanent sterilization effects on males is already being considered for widespread use in China and many third world countries, Cardullo calls it "an option" for use within the United States. In addition to Gossypol, the professor advised the attending students to lower their standard of living if the earth is to continue carrying humans on its surface.

Interesting to note that the professor has recently been selected by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to join the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program, funded by the federal government.

As part of the university's online science lecture series, recorded on the campus earlier this year, the professor's lecture "Is Earth Overpopulated" is a classic neo-Malthusian regurgitation claiming the planet cannot carry much more people.

"If you want to minimize environmental impact, perhaps you should consider lowering your standard of living, for instance."

Cardullo also told people could reduce human impact on the earth by becoming vegetarians:

"One of the things we know is the production of meat is incredibly expensive," he said. "You are going to start hearing more and more about humans' carbon footprint, and one of the biggest contributions to that carbon footprint is the production of meat. ... We could do a lot simply by just becoming more vegetarian."

Although the professor tells his listening audience to "lower their standard of living" to minimize human impact on the earth, he stresses that this in itself isn't sufficient to lower fertility in the United States. Also, the professor continues, famine, disease, war and so on do not have the ability to effectively cull the human population.

"(...) we have got to do something about population as well. The United States, we are very affluent. ... we currently have a population of 313 million people. ... Altogether we gain one person every 15 seconds. ... If we want to take the population down to 150 million, all it would require in the next 100 years is to lower that birth rate -- because we are not going to do it through any other method, right? That would be horrible."

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