2. Industrial and agricultural processes now are capable of generating so much pollution that the life-support systems of the planet may be threatened. The interdependent systems of air, water, land and climate could be overloaded by waste by-products long before society is confronted with economic scarcities of other natural resources.
3. A recent compendium of studies covering almost the full spectrum of economic trends including: population, agriculture, energy and the environment conclude that if present trends continue the world in 2000 will be less crowded, though more populated; more ecologically stable; and less vulnerable to disruption of supply of resources than now. The people of the world will be richer, have more access to food and other necessities. Life for more people will be less precarious. Doom and gloom predictions neglect basic fundamentals of supply and demand. As demand for resources goes up and supplies diminish prices will rise forcing people to use other resources in more plentiful supply.