This image shows studies of earth’s carrying capacity; maximum population. As you can see there are plenty of studies that put the number at tens- or even hundreds of billions of people. I remember a UN-study from the late 1970’s that said the maximum capacity was 12 times that of the population back then. That would be somewhere around 50 billion.
We don’t need to worry about numbers. We only need to implement good solutions and the rest will take care of itself. If there were just a few people, but they were all spilling loads of mercury into the oceans and waterways, causing nuclear spills, etc. then those few people would be enough for overpopulation.
With the right solutions we don’t need to worry about the limit. I hope for and foresee a huge baby-boom in the West and globally over the next few decades as automation develops and people who have been sold a crock-of-shit about life and meaning start getting back to basics.
As you know, if you’ve checked out this site, I don’t support lowering carbon dioxide levels. So, I present these ideas as a way of improving animal welfare, meat production, increasing food production and greening the planet. Increasing carbon dioxide levels in non-polluting ways is an important component in this project.
Flooding desert areas could also be very useful.
So, what I propose is diverse greening of deserts and other barren lands using guided grazing of large herds of animals. Drone technology and robotics could be used to guide and monitor, and also to ”harvest” selected animals, and also fruit, etc. It would require large scale cooperation from nations and land owners.
Alan Savory’s TED-presentation on using grazing animals to green deserts.
One greening mega project.
Permaculture master Geoff Lawton on greening desert land.
A short presentation about the potential of aquaponics. This could probably be scaled up using ponds or lakes.
A Chinese greening project.
I have done some thinking about a good enough way to slaughter the selected animals. It would have to fill a few criteria.
1. It has to handle the harvesting of the animal without the rest of the herd noticing anything.
2. It must be a space that is familiar and comfortable, and doesn’t create any fear or stress.
3. The animal must be knock-out sedated before the blood letting and processing.
4. The blade used for the cutting of the throat ought to be extremely sharp.
5. The unit should be portable if used in conjunction with guided grazing.