January 2, 2008

What’s Your Consumption Factor?

Posted in Articles at 7:37 pm by davidprudente

From today’s New York Times Op-Ed page, Jared Diamond – the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel – offers an interesting look at how the first world and third world differ. Diamond offers this interesting tidbit concerning the third world’s rapid development and our consumption factor:

“If India as well as China were to catch up, world consumption rates would triple. If the whole developing world were suddenly to catch up, world rates would increase elevenfold. It would be as if the world population ballooned to 72 billion people (retaining present consumption rates). “

When Diamond says “catch up”, he’s referring to the consumption level of people in third world nations, who consume 32 time less than people in the United States.

Diamond is a Professor in UCLA’s Geography Department. He Won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Guns, Germs, and Steel.

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