Off the keyboard of A. G. Gelbert
Published on the Doomstead Diner on xx yy, 2014
Brainwashed Propaganda Victims and Fossil Fuelers’ REACTION to the ABOVE:
The “Human Population Must Be Reduced” Propaganda Myth. Why it is a divide and conquer tactic and why it has absolutely no basis in scientific fact.
“The total biomass of all the ants on Earth is roughly equal to the total biomass of all the people on Earth.
How can this be?! Ants are so tiny, and we are so big! But scientists estimate there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human being. Over 12,000 species of ants are known to exist, on every continent except Antarctica. Most live in tropical regions. A single acre of Amazon rainforest may house 3.5 million ants.”
The Human biomass is tiny compared with thousands of species from insects to spiders to rodents, along with many marine creatures.
See for yourself the Evidence:
I will provide for you a couple of links for you to research but let me give you a brief introduction to earth’s biomass pyramid.
You have different trophic levels (life forms that eat other life forms to survive).
The lower you are on the pyramid, the more collective mass you have as a segment of the biosphere. What does that mean?
Here’s a quote so you can see where I’m going with this:
“An ecological pyramid is a graphical representation that shows, for a given ecosystem, the relationship between biomass or biological productivity and trophic levels.
A biomass pyramid shows the amount of biomass at each trophic level.
A productivity pyramid shows the production or turn-over in biomass at each trophic level.
An ecological pyramid provides a snapshot in time of an ecological community.
The bottom of the pyramid represents the primary producers (autotrophs). The primary producers take energy from the environment in the form of sunlight or inorganic chemicals and use it to create energy-rich molecules such as carbohydrates. This mechanism is called primary production. The pyramid then proceeds through the various trophic levels to the apex predators at the top.
When energy is transferred from one trophic level to the next, typically only ten percent is used to build new biomass. The remaining ninety percent goes to metabolic processes or is dissipated as heat. This energy loss means that productivity pyramids are never inverted, and generally limits food chains to about six levels. However, in oceans, biomass pyramids can be wholly or partially inverted, with more biomass at higher levels.”
Take insects as one example of the Laws of Thermodynamics as applied to life forms in the Biosphere trophic (food chain) pyramids.
In order for insects to BE food for spiders as well as many other creatures, the biomass of insects has to be much, much greater because of the heat energy losses in transferring energy from the insect to the spider (about 90% is lost in heat). The predators (that’s what we are, by the way) are at the top of the pyramid and have the least total biomass of all the life forms.
Lions, tigers, sharks, whales, bears, wolves, etc. have a tiny planetary biosphere biomass in comparison with ants, earthworms, rodents, and krill (those tiny shrimp like creatures that whales eat). And the krill eat tiny nearly microscopic phytoplankton (that has more biomass than the ubiquitous krill).
Mollusks, as well as ants and several thousand other species have a larger biomass than humans. I bring up the mollusks because they have a HUGE biomass. I studied them in depth in college Zoology.
The phylum Mollusca:
“The phylum Mollusca is the second most diverse phylum after Arthropoda with over 110,000 described species. Mollusks may be primitively segmented, but all but the monoplacophorans characteristically lack segmentation and have bodies that are to some degree spirally twisted (e.g. torsion).
The Phylum Mollusca consist of 8 classes:
1. the Monoplacophora discovered in 1977;
2. the worm-like Aplacophora or solenogasters of the deep sea;
3. the also worm-like Caudofoveata;
4. the Polyplacophora, or chitons;
5. the Pelecypoda or bivalves;
6. the Gastropoda or snails;
7. the Scaphopoda, or tusk shells; and
8. the Cephalopoda that include among others squid and the octopus.”
Agelbert Note: The biomass pyramid in the oceans in regard to mollusks and fish is NOT inverted. The oceanic “confusion” is due to the fact that some mollusks are apex predators like giant squid and the smaller mollusk predators like Octopodes that eat fish. Most mollusks are small to very small and are food for fish. They are the ones (bivalves near Fukushima) that concentrate radionuclides in their tissues that then get in the fish that eat them.
The smaller mollusks (most of them are less than a foot long) are FOOD for fish. That means there HAS TO BE much more of them than there are fish. And I’m sure you don’t believe the human biomass is greater than that of all the fish species, right?
Now for some biomass weights:
Human population = 335,000,000,000 kg.
“Human population = 335,000,000,000 kg. This figure is based on an average human weight of more than 100lbs, though (50kg, to be exact). I don’t know how accurate this estimate is, especially considering that about 1/3 of us are children. There are supposedly around 1.3 billion cattle in the world, and, put together, they may weigh almost twice as much as our species.”
Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba = 379,000,000,000 kg.
There are more ants than krill. Also, metabolism plays a role along with biomass. A “million ruby-throated hummingbirds will consume much more food than one African Elephant, even though both have about the same biomass (3,000kg, or 3.3 US tons).
Thus, ants, as a group, may actually consume more resources per year than antarctic krill, even though both may have roughly the same biomass, because ants tend to be smaller, and live in warmer environments. Although there may be about 10-15 times the biomass of termites than cows in the world, studies have suggested that termites might produce almost 30,000 times as much methane per year because of their faster metabolism.”
So how come nobody is hollering about reducing the termite population?
As the article in the quotes above points out, humans are a huge problem, not because of our biomass, but because of our carbon footprint (I.E. the use of fossil fuels!). [/b] And guess what portion of our population does over 80% of the Fossil Fuel consumption? You guessed it! The upper 20%!
To ACTUALLY address, confront and STOP the biosphere damage that Homo Sap is doing, we must face the scientifically confirmed REALITY that if you get rid of the bottom 50% of the human population (the most poor among us) you will, I’m sorry to say, not even dent the pollution and biosphere destruction.
AS pointed out in the biomass numbers, the amount of people eating and defecating is not the problem, CARBON FOOTPRINT is the threat to a viable biosphere. We must attack that problem by reducing the carbon footprint of the most powerful people on this planet.
NOTHING ELSE WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM. The solution, in addition to a 100% transition to Renewable energy, involves eliminating corporate energy welfare queen subsidies for both fossil fuels and nuclear poison.
Democracy and a viable biosphere requires it from all of us.
The “let’s reduce the human population” baloney is a divide and conquer tactic to avoid billing the top human pigs for the damage they do while attempting to give the rest of us a totally unwarranted with ZERO empirical basis ( but VERY clever ) guilt trip. It’s a lie. Don’t buy it.
What we need to do is transition to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible. That will give our future generations a chance to live in a viable biosphere.
If you agree please sign my petition and pass it on. Here is the link to the Care2 petition to President Obama: http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/Ai3Tb
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