Bare Bones Biology 193 – Population Media in Texa

At Bare Bones Biology we try to think very clearly about which other organizations we support, and to make those decisions based on how much good is likely to come from the work these organizations are doing.  The greatest possible good that we could do for the future of humans at all levels — the individual level, the human population level, and the whole biosystem — would be to balance out the numbers of humans on earth to correlate with the amount of food, water and air that the Biosystem can produce.


One of our favorite charitable  organizations is Population Media Center.  They have an excellent web page, a daily blog that’s one of the best I’ve seen, and they operate worldwide, providing information and modeling wise choices for individuals and communities.  Texas badly needs this discussion, so we were lucky recently to meet with the new Texas State Director of the Population Media Center, Keith Annis, who was on campus with some excellent media resources.  So, I’ll stop talking and share some of what he had to say.


PMC“Two years ago in Texas we were involved in a historic drought for us, and as a result many cattle producers sold off their herds, so we’re about to see a real spike in the price of beef.  And as you were saying, no farms no food.  Well, no water no farms.  And that’s where we are.  Our farmers don’t have water in southern parts of Texas to do their rice farming, and cattle producers’ pastures are drying up.  While that may not sound like something to be optimistic about, I am, because I think as a society we pay attention to the things that are closest to us, and there’s very little that’s closer to us than the food bill.  Specifically, the folks in our families who are doing the shopping are finding that rice is too expensive, and meat is too expensive, and if things keep going as they are in California, fruits and vegetables are going to be too expensive, and that will really bring it home and make it a reality that not having water is a real big problem that we are experiencing here and now.  It takes it from the theoretical to the dinner table, quite literally.


“So I’m optimistic, because I think that level of direct impact on families, on people, here in Texas and around the nation, will help raise awareness and help them to understand that this is an issue that we can solve fairly easily through the work that Population Media Center and others are working on is modeling   family planning and education for women and young women about the importance of family planning and moving in the direction where every family is a planned family and every child is a planned and prepared for child as much as is possible.


“Through the good fortune of being in this country, we haven’t had to make those choices in a long time, but a smaller family is more affordable family.  A smaller family is a family that you don’t need to spend as much at the grocery store to feed and to keep healthy.  With the increase in cost of food, with the drought, we will begin to see the benefits of those decisions much sooner.”


For more information about the Texas Chapter of Population you can go to  You can contact Keith Annis, Director of the Texas Branch of Population at


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