Sturm College of Law
Overpopulation, Population growth, Thomas Malthus
In his Article, Professor Hardaway argues that while Thomas Malthus may have been incorrect in his assertion that the growing population would deplete food supplies causing starvation and disease, Malthus accurately assessed the environmental impact of population. Professor Hardaway argues that overpopulation depletes natural resources and degrades the environment. He urges environmentalists to focus on population growth, rather than short term and remedial solutions, to solve environmental problems. In order to focus on population growth, society must face tough issues such as abortion, family planning, immigration, and economic growth policies.
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Robert M. Hardaway, Environmental Malthusianism: Integrating Population and Environmental Policy, 27 ENVTL. L. 1209 (1997).