Sustaining the increasing population of the world is not that big of a deal because the main problem lies within the production of food. Basic human survival consists of food, shelter, water and adequate sanitation, which most human being in the world have no access to. As the world continues to grow in numbers and innovate in all areas, researchers are trying to pose a solution which can support the population and its future.
Currently, developed countries attain various corporations that hire farmers so that their people can be fed; however, as the economy continues to benefit from the massive food production, it is the environment which suffers losses that may never be recoverable.
The United States of America is known to be one of the top food producers in the world because various corporations in the country own cattle, chicken and vegetable farms which not only sustain people, but food franchises. To grow vegetables and raise cattle for food, companies allow farmers to clear valuable land; however, despite this process continuing to feed millions of mouths, it is undeniably starving the future of the world. It seems as if the betterment of the environment cannot compete against the profit/ loss mindset of many companies because a sustainable future is just starting to 'blur' in their visions; therefore, as long as their generation is happy, the future of the world does not really matter.
Most animals bred by farmers are bred to be slaughtered and are genetically manipulated to please the consumer. The fact that most individuals living in developed countries are thoroughly consuming genetically engineered food is in fact shocking and is undoubtedly turning into a nightmare as bacteria poisoning rates in the United States of America continue to incline.
Currently, the population of the world is 7 billion and growing; however, this does not mean that all individuals living in the world are consuming the same amount of food as the average American because malnourishment and lack of water are two issues which are present in many parts of the world. How is the future population of the world going to be sustained with so much dispersement of basic necessities? Is the population of the world not sustainable because we don't have enough land for everyone to reside on? No.
The planet we all call our home has abundant land which could accommodate a large amount of people; therefore, the problem does not lie with the lack of land, the problem lies with how that land is being used by developed countries and the inequality present in the world is benefiting some groups while demoralizing others. The problem is selfishness.
We as global citizens can in fact share earth with another 15 billion people if we decided to consume what is required. The fact that individuals in developed countries consume large amounts of food drives corporations to continue deforestation of land which can be used by farmers. As long as the economy appears to be doing well, companies will disregard the logic behind sustaining the environment.
Is there a solution to this problem? Can we in fact support the future population of the world? The truth is, we cannot. If action is taken against deforestation of land to sustain the environment, enough food will not be produced to support the population. Companies will suffer major losses causing downfall in the economy and loss of jobs. If no action is taken in protecting the environment, the future of the world will suffer.
It is unfortunate that mankind is now stuck in choosing between a sustainable present and a sustainable future.
This does not mean nothing can be done. There may not be a solution in preventing companies from jeopardizing the future of the world or from environmentalists jeopardizing the economy, but there is action every individual can take to ensure that the future of the world is free from malnourishment and poverty. By corporations producing what is required will help the population of countries by preventing health problems and unequal distribution of food. As food production is brought down to what is required, the environment and its resources will be available for future generations.
Humans are naturally born with a need for selfishness; however, humans are also naturally entitled to attain pride in their work; therefore, if every human being on the planet decides to contribute in sustaining the environment, they will be satisfying their default setting of selfishness and will also be passing down the importance of unity with others and nature to their children.