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Leave a small comment to students initial post. Agree or disagree, see their viewpoint, bring out new points or additional information to expand on their post. 3 total posts, 70-80 words each

Student JO:

Has Thomas Malthus’ predictions come true? The predictions of Malthus have not come true. Instead, the opposite has occurred. As stated above, Malthus predicted that the higher the living standards are for people, the higher the birth rate would become. That has not happened. In fact, in some countries with high standards of living, like Japan, the population is actually decreasing. This does not mean the human population of the world has decreased overall. Instead, the human population has not remained at a constant level. It has grown but maybe not as fast as Malthus thought it would. Right now, there are about 7.6 billion people but the population continues to grow. Because of a better diet than what they had in 1790, people are living longer in many countries. This does not mean that people are not starving to death in several places around the world. Many people are starving.

My answer: Thomas Malthus’ predictions have come true and are evident globally especially in the U.S. According to a research by David Pimentel, the ever-improving living standards in the U.S causes the population growth rate to increase by 1.1% per year, and it’s expected to double to more than 500 million in the next 60 years. The growing population puts a strain on food availability making the agriculture productivity unsustainable. Adequate food production and abundance of other resources lead to self-sufficiency and the high living standards currently being enjoyed by most Americans.

(So maybe you can say something along the line..I have a different opinion than you, but I see your point of view as well. And here’s why.)

Student AH:

Do you believe that we face a resource shortage given this week’s research?
Yes, I believe that we face a resource shortage. A resource shortage we are currently facing is natural gas. Gasoline is becoming more and more difficult to find. This problem is followed with higher gas prices. The price of gasoline fluctuates constantly. When prices go up, it may show there is a shortage. When prices start to drop, it may mean they have found more oil lowering the shortage rate compared to drivers in the United States. I believe that if Thomas Malthus were to provide a strategy for this shortage, he would encourage drivers to carpool, make less driving trips, purchase vehicles that have an eco option, or purchase electric cars. Even though these may be great strategies, some are not realistic for many people for many of reasons. Some people may have different daily schedules, some people may need to make spur of the moment trips to the store, and some may not have the financial funds to purchase a new vehicle.

Student SS:

Do you believe that we face a resource shortage given this week’s research? Yes, it is very much accurate that currently we are facing the shortages of resources and we are exploiting more and more resources in a rhetoric way to fulfil the needs of present generation which will affect the amount of resources available for future generation. Exploding population today is putting pressure on limited resources available on earth. So we have to take a pragmatic sustainable approach towards population control as well as resources and environment.

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