Re "Evidence is questionable that pesticide is harming bees" (Forum, Aug. 3): Randy Oliver too quickly dismisses the option to reduce the human population as being "politically unpopular." Global population growth must end because the Earth is finite. Many countries have proven that population can be reduced peacefully and equitably, in spite of official unpopularity. Women informed of the benefits of smaller and delayed families enthusiastically respond to the options.
The politically and religiously unpopular is fluid and can be reversed with blinding swiftness. Many countries have seen birth rates lowered to or below replacement. When women are empowered to make their own choices, childbirth is delayed and unplanned pregnancies are dramatically reduced. The present decrease in global population growth rate can be accelerated peacefully.
Lower population growth is the foundation of any successful attempt to protect habitat. Any other options (e.g., land management and conservation) alone are merely stop-gaps which cannot lead to ultimate sustainability.
-- Evan Jones, Sacramento