Baby 7 Billion Is On Its Way

02.24.11 | Sarah Harnisch

Sometime late this year, baby number 7 billion will be born on the earth. That means the global population has doubled since 1960. In an op ed piece, Stephen Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, says in 1800, when there were only 1 billion people, per capita income was a mere $100. Currently, with 7-billion people, per capita income has soared to over $5,000. By 2100, each person's average worth will be 30 thousand dollars. Mosher said even with all those people, we still make enough grain on the earth for every person to consume 3500 calories a day. He says in fact, underpopulation, not overpopulation, is the biggest threat facing the world today. 80 countries that represent half of the world's population and women aren't having 2 children-- that's what would be needed to keep the population growing. The U-N predicts by 2050, Russia's population will be down 25-million people, Japan 21-million, Italy 16-million, and Germany and Spain-- 9-million people each. Mosher said baby 7-billion is not a curse, but an asset; a blessing.