As I am writing this column on February 3rd, 2020, I am looking at a website called Worldometer.  It is kind of disturbing, and somehow comforting at the same time.  It gives real-time counts on the world population, daily births, daily deaths, total population growth today, and up-to-date counts on this year’s births and deaths. 

The world population in 1963, the year I was born, was 3.2 billion.  When I started this column the world population was 7,761,868,341.  That number mystically bounces up and down as the daily births and deaths are continuously registering. 

I can’t help but think about feeding that many people on a daily basis. It just doesn’t seem like we would be able to produce enough food to feed everyone, but so far as our population skyrockets, so does the yield on our crops. Our harvesting of the ocean’s seafoods has seemingly been relentless until the last few years. We are finally realizing that we have to harvest in sustainable ways, or else wild seafood will no longer exist. 

Every time I walk into a grocery store, I am just absolutely overwhelmed at the sheer volume of vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, and dairy products available. The endless supply of cakes, cookies, donuts and other sugar-packed goodies is overwhelming. The prices are so affordable that we take it for granted. So much so that it is estimated that the U.S.A. throws away about 30 percent of the total supply of food that we produce. That just seems sinful to me, I mean it’s like we are thumbing our noses to God in unthankful gestures for our incredible abundance.

The total of births this year is coming in at 12,900,433.  Deaths this year are at 5,415,967.  Population growth for this year, and remember this only February, is 7,484,762.  The last three years have seen growths in world population of just over 80,000,000 annually.  By the year 2050, it is estimated that the world population will be just shy of 10 billion people.  I think it is time for us to wise up, and start taking the impact of humans on Planet Earth a little more seriously. After all, didn’t God command us to be wise stewards of the precious planet???

God bless you all,

RHM