Question/Comment: "Also, what do you propose for utilities to provide electricity? We'd probably need to turn Nevada and Arizona into giant solar fields? Would that even generate enough electricity for 6 billion people? Could we do it with some well placed nuclear facilities?"
Response: It's possible that several of the air-port sized places I mentioned could be all devoted to solar power, and several more could all be filled with windmills. I know that wouldn't be enough alone though. I have no idea how much space it would take to generate enough electricity for the world population with our current technology. I do know, though, that technology is constantly coming up with a better solution, and if we were focusing on Earth-friendly power options, then we'd be coming up with some new incredible way to power more with less damage every few months. I do know that Markus Rothkranz powers everything in his own home with his own solar-batteries that he built himself. This video here shows how he powers his house: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jdg85rl61o
Question/Comment: "A pond for fish has to be 1 acre of surface area to get proper oxygen, and it has to be 13 feet deep minimum, in order to support fish through the winter. It would be inpossible for that part of your theory to work..."
Response: "If you go to the original site for the "garden pool" idea in particular that is something that exists in Arizona, a very different climate from here, and is not a pond, but a refurbished pool. I don't recall talking about ponds."
Question/Comment: "One major issue I see with this is that you'll have 6 billion or so people in a space the size of Texas, and like it or not, as population increases, so does crime. Even if you were to create this utopian community/city where everybody has the same amount of land/space and everything we need is accessible, you're still going to have human nature kick in and people will want to control it all and get larger pieces of the pie. This is precisely why humans migrated all over the world."
Response: "The purpose of the article was to illustrate the fact that the planet is not over-populated. It wasn't to suggest that we should all move to one area together. I also was illustrating that much of what we have now is wasteful, and that is why it seems like there isn't enough Earth to go around. The fear that we are running out resources, that there isn't enough Earth to go around, etc, is what causes people to behave so irrational and greedy. But by no means do I think it's a good idea to put everyone on the planet in one lump together. I just want to show that it is fear-mongering to say that we are over-populated."
Question/Comment: "Rapid spread of disease living in close quarters, is a scietific proof-just look at the spread of disease in Africa-and the hundreds of people that die in one day! 1 person gets the flu-and u have another flu epidemic that could potentially kill millions!"
Response: "What do you think happens now?
Hundreds of people die from smoking related disease each day.
Hundreds of people die from medical errors each day.
Hundreds of people die from car accidents each day.
If everyone quit cigarettes, became their own doctor and did the research, and if we quit driving and started walking... If we built our communities so that our workplace wasn't miles and miles away and could walk where we needed to go... Then we would save thousands each day."
Second Response: Now, in terms of disease, I was never suggested that we should all live in Texas or in a space together all like that.
I was only demonstrating that we could all have as much space or more than we do now by spreading ourselfs out in more logical ways.
Instead of having really cramped cities and really sparse farmland areas we could have a mix of the two.
And, from a raw vegan standpoint -- disease would stop if everyone did become a raw vegan. I spent weeks surrounded by people who had the flu this holiday season. I hugged people with the flu, ate beside them, talked with them, even sat in their bedrooms... Literally for weeks. My husband and I were exposed to over thirty different people who had the flu all in the course of one month -- members of my family, his family, and friends. We traveled by airplane and encounted hundreds of people in close quarters all during end end of November and the beginning of December. Everyone around us was getting sick, but neither of us were harmed at all.
I used to always catch everything that went around, even with minimal exposure. The diet change absolutely is what made the difference. The same with Jay. He always caught the flu every year too.
And Jay and I are not the only raw vegans who have this experience.
So, disease doesn't have to be a concern. It's only a concern to people who don't take the measures required to prevent disease.
Question/Comment: "Is your theories simply based on getting people to live vegan and how it can really happen? Are your idea's based on ways we can almost mandate people to live vegan? Well, maybe not, mandate but makeing it so people can live simply as well as living vegan? Is it primarily for the use of spreading the way to live vegan and how we can change everything to do so?"
Response: "The garden pool concept is not vegan, since it includes eggs and fish, and those are not vegan. The entry post Could we all fit in a space the size of Texas is not about dietary requirements. That is why it is on my "Musings" blog and not my "Health & Fitness" blog.
The concept is this: We're not overpopulated, we are just mis-handling the land that we do have.
That is what the entry is about."