'True Zionists Should Have Small Families' Suggests Paul Ehrlich, 40 Years After Writing 'The Population Bomb'

'It makes me sad to see people who don't realize there are more urgent things than military force,' the Jewish-American biologist tells Haaretz.

In 1932, the year of Paul Ehrlich’s birth, the population of the world was 2 billion. In 1968, when “The Population Bomb” – by Ehrlich and his wife, Anne – was published, there were 3.5 billion people in the world. Today, there are 7.5 billion, and by 2050 there will be 9 billion. Prof. Ehrlich was not the first to talk about the problem of population growth, but his book spawned a lively and still-ongoing...