Even more interesting is that third world countries will soon begin this decline in birth rates as well as (hopefully) mortality rates. This could actually lead to a stabilized world population. If you think in very hopeful terms, and ones that are just one possible way the future could pan out, this stabilization of world population could ultimately lead to a more peaceful world. I, personally, believe that basic problems, such as shelter, food, and basic rights, or lack of either really, are the fundamental basis of all complicated problems in our world.
Ultimately, everything is interconnected. So even if you don't agree that our world's problems are based off of hunger, you could easily see the connection between it and other problems. If we had a stabilized world population, we have the potential to obtain a production rate actually equivalent to our consumption rate. This is hopeful, and ideological, but none-the-less a possibility. I hope that in our world it is something we strive for, especially as globalization continues to become a rising expectation among people. We can eventually aim to solve stable global-problems through global-means.
What do you think of this hopeful fantasy for the world?