GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The world's population reached 6 billion people in October. In 30 years, according to current projections, the number will nearly double to 11 billion.
That is reason enough to teach as many people as possible about agriculture, said Norman and Vickie Miller, a husband-and-wife team of educators who spoke to about 90 members of the Franklin County Farm Bureau Thursday.
The population predictions were illustrated in a large world map that the Millers projected on a screen in the Kauffman Community Center during the Farm Bureau's spring meeting.
Along with the map was a clock that registered the years from 1 A.D. through 2030. Each 1 million new people lit a pinpoint of light on the map. Drama was added with the sound of a human heartbeat which increased in volume as the world's population increased. By the time the clock registered 2030 there was very little black left on the map to represent open land.