Population Crisis in third world countries

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The perspective of population and the population crisis has many interpretations. Most see the population as a serious problem that is growing out of control. They see that the population is greatly unbalanced and is heading towards even larger imbalance. Although some think that the problem (if there is one) will take care of itself, but some think that there has to be intervention.

Malthusian ideas state that in time population will level itself out and there will be an equal ratio between resources and population numbers. Since the growth rate started to double in the early 1500's it has steadily doubled up until 1997, where it fell short of predictions. Maybe the process is beginning to slow, just as Malthus predicted. Boserup , a Danish Economic Historian, uses Malthus theory to prove that since there is a higher demand for food, that agriculture has improved because of the pressure placed upon it.

Societies developed ways to enhance productivity and improve the agricultural industry as whole. New technologies revolutionized the agricultural industry and prepared it for the demands laid upon it. Her ideas also "forced people" to view the "connections" between population and agricultural as well as other elements of these problems and lifestyles that are affected by them. She proves that the resources are keeping up with the population growth.

There are two main theories of the population problem, 1) "the lifeboat ethics" , 2)family planning and birth control. The "lifeboat ethics" are countries that have shown the likeliness for them to balance their population and resources. The countries are also seen as safe havens for immigrants. The family planning countries are countries that recognize the problem and use these institutions to try and lower their population.

I can recognize that there is a population problem in some parts...