The world's population doubled in the last 50 years and topped 7 billion on Monday October 31, 2011. Fears are rising that may not be able to feed ourselves 100 years from now. UN chief Ban Ki-moon says: "Seven billion people who need enough food; enough energy; good opportunities in life for jobs and education; rights and freedoms; the freedom to speak; the freedom to raise their own children in peace and security. Everything you want for yourself seven billion times over."
The Minister of Health in India says the seven billionth child is "not a matter of joy but a great worry. We shouldn't be celebrating. For us a matter of joy will be when the population stabilizes."
The population will go up more, to 10 billion by 2100 according to the UN who also report that finding jobs for young people will become even more difficult especially in poor countries. Un also warns population growth is adding to drought and famine.
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