It is overly
simplistic to say that overpopulation causes hunger. Countries like
India and Bangladesh have grown enormously in the last 50 years,
while hunger has decreased. If population were the cause of hunger,
then hunger would be a problem for the future, when in fact it was
much worse 50 or 100 years ago.
Some would even say that hunger
causes overpopulation – in countries where many children die,
families have more children to compensate.
In truth, the issues are
inextricably inter-linked. Population growth makes it far more
difficult to build the schools, health centers and other services
needed to have a healthy and productive population.