- Population increases faster than food supply and supporting resources
- Increasing population could lead to war, famine and disease
- PREVENTION: Celibacy, delaying marriage and having less children
- War, famine and disease are good things as they increase mortality
- Didn't foresee the development of new technology like GM crops
- Was wrong in assuming that overpopulation was the reason for famine, there are many factors, like war
- Didn't consider that people would eventually control their birth rates
In 1960 Mauritius had finite island and the fastest growing population in the world.
Most of the land was used to grow sugar, but it was a cash crop that went to MEDCs.
How it was solved:
Family planning meant that fertility rates were halved from 6 children a woman to 3.
Promotion of contraception meant that in 2001 the population was 1.1 million where it would have otherwise been 3 million.