Unhealthy Appetite

Zahir Edwards
Professor Jill Constintou
An Unhealthy Appetite
The world is adopting America’s way of living. This is not a good thing. 1.2 billion Humans, mostly in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, are living equal to Americans and the number keeps growing in other parts of the world. China is consuming almost half as much meat as Americans do per capita. U.S. policy-makers who believe free markets and consumerism can spread democracy and stability around the world are celebrating this face pace of change, but it is also bringing worries.
Americans consume about 25% of the world’s oil, most of its water, and have most of the cars. They also waste more food than people in sub- Saharan Africa eat. America is only 5% of the world’s population, so it does bring worries if the rest of the world is starting to be like
America. Pretty soon there won’t be any resources left to sustain life on Earth.
Paul Ehrlich has been arguing since 1968 that the American lifestyle is pushing the world’s ecosystem to its end.
“There is not a hope in hell of seeing 10 billion people living on this planet the way Americans do, Ehrlich says, “I don’t think we even want to try.”
Thomas Malthus declared two centuries ago that worldwide famine was inevitable, because human population growth outpaced food production. It was later predicted again in 1972 by a group known as the Club of Rome. The only reason it hasn’t happened as yet is, because human ingenuity has outpaced population growth.
Knowledge and knowledge workers will be the key economic resource in the future and even now, because our knowledge helps us figure out new ways to reserve our natural resources and produce new resources to keep life sustained on this planet.