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A professor at the University of California recently gave a middle school presentation in which he claimed the earth has “too many people” and proposed a reduction of the population through “vegetarianism” and “controlling human fertility.”
Professor Richard Cardullo, a professor of biology at the University of California – Riverside (UCR), told a group of seventh grade students that the environment’s well-being was in jeopardy “if we don’t do anything about population.”
“If we want to decrease our population, we can do it through any number of ways,” he said.
The renowned professor proposed scientifically manipulating an individual’s ability to have children as a feasible solution.
“So we are talking about controlling human fertility,” he said.
“Many scientists want to know: are there ways, are there new ways, that we can control population… or fertility rates, by targeting specific cells, sperm or eggs, so that individuals can make the decision to keep those rates low?” he asked.
Cardullo also suggested other solutions including vegetarianism.
“You are going to start hearing more and more about human’s carbon footprint and one of the biggest contributions to that carbon footprint is the production of meat,” said Cardullo. “And we can do a lot by simply becoming more vegetarian than we currently are.”
Additionally, he told the class of students they should cut their standard of living to further reduce our human footprint on the environment.
“If you want to minimize environmental impact, perhaps you should consider lowering your standard of living, for instance,” Cardullo told the class.
Cardullo currently chairs the Board for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and has received UCR’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
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