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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD-TuMday, October CAREERS ACCOUNTANT Progressive, diversified Lethbridge organization requires the services of an accountant who will report to the Controller. The job will entail all monthly accounting functions up to and including financial statement review and an- alysis, as well as assistance in the preparation of yean end financial statements and participation in the long range planning and budgeting processes. The successful candidate will have some formal ac- counting training related experience. will be familiar with EDP systems and their operation and will be a self motivated individual who is willing to accept responsibility and function with a mini- mum of supervision. Salary open with a full range of company benefits. Our staff is aware of this opening. Reply to Box 13. Lethbridge Herald Service Manager required! We require a hard working, self-motivated service manager for a Chrysler dealership. We are in a growing market and offer a great opportunity for the person who is knowledgeable in administration, warranty policy and service shop operation. Excellent earning opportunity plus group medical and life insurance. Apply in person or send complete job resume and availability to: KEN ROBISON Kino CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. P.O. Box 1180 LETHBRIDGE, Alberta CREDIT CAREER Are you an aggressive individual with experience in Accounting? WE REQU'RE: OFFICE-CREDIT MANAGERS Who can maintain a strict control on credit. Applicants should have ex- perience in credit collections. Relocation in various communities throughout Western Canada. Career offers good salary, commensurate with experience; chance for advancement, full range of fringe benefits. For further information and a personal interview reply without delay to: Box No. 5, Lethbridge Herald Open Pit Foreman For Athabaska Oil Sands Development We require a Foreman to supervise a test pit mining operation located 40 miles north of Fort McMurray. Initial work location will be Calgary, Alberta, but successful applicant must be prepared for later trans- fer to the Fort McMurray Area. The Company pays for initial and any further relocation expenses. Applicants should have a minimum of five years mining experience preferably invol- ving draglines. Some supervisory back- ground in open pit mining is essential. Preference will be given to University or Technical Institute graduates, but others with adequate experience will be consid- ered. The successful candidate must pos- sess or be able to qualify for a Foreman's Certificate under the Quarries Regulation Act of Alberta. Interested applicants please apply in writing stating qualifications and desired salary to: Recruitment Representative K Shell Canada Limited, J P.O. Box 880, Calgary, Alberta. Mouths Crowded city streets around the world are a constant reminder of food supply needs. Animals racing with time WASHINGTON. D.C. Sometimes I wonder what Grandpa Lang would have thought about Rheinhardt's Ballad. Let's call her RB for short she's a cow. To Grandpa a cow was a critter. Cows munched their hay in the dim winter evenings with the haylofts go- ing up shadowy to the hand- hewn beams in South Lee, N.H.. and the noise of their milk beat rhythmically into pails. "'Shoo-o, he might say because you are as polite to a cow when you milk her as to a cop who has stopped you for speeding. Other times it was a critter. To understand let's go back years. That's when agriculture started. The earth supported perhaps 10 million people. They got to tinkering with wildlife and altered their genetic composition. The first domesticated cow probably gave 600 pounds of milk a year, just enough to give meager support to one calf. In India it's about that level today. But Grandpa Lang expected and got better things. His Holsteins may have given pounds of milk a year. But now comes Rheinhardt's Ballad, she is a Maryland cow, folks, and produced pounds of milk in a single year. She could deliver 49 quarts of milk to one's home daily, thus out- performing the first domestic cow 70 to 1. Think of it: 49 wax cartons filled with milk at your doorstep daily; that's a lot of milk. She's a champion. For most of this material I am indebted to Lester R. Brown of the Overseas Development Council, whose extraordinarily helpful pamphlet, Pollution and Affluence: Growing Pressures on World Food Resources tells you what you ought to know about Spaceship Earth's most anxious problem food. He tells about hens, too. They used to strut by Grandpa Lang's white-and-green farmhouse, and now and then one would make a great com- motion because she'd produc- ed an egg. And about 4 a.m. the rooster would crow. It may have slipped your mind that the first domesticated hens didn't lay more than about 15 eggs, or one clutch, a year. But the average American hen laid 227 eggs a year in 1972. But did you know that whereas U.S. hens used to be the world champions a few years ago, an industrious Japanese hen cut in? Yes, sir, she set a new record by laying 365 eggs in 365 days! The genetic composition of current animals and plants is amazing. But even so, there are more and more people and the world is getting hungry. A lot of people are deeply disturbed by what they see just ahead. Producing more food is fine, but what if we produce more population, too? The United Nations has nam- ed 1974 "Population Year." Here's a statistic: Today's world population is about 3.9 billion. Lester Grown says that at the present annual rate of growth a doubled world pop- ulation will be noted in 36 years: A.D. 2009. POPULATION VS. FOOD SUPPLIES Is population growth out-stripping world food supplies? Richard Strout of The Christian Science Monitor gives a three-part report. Doomsday forecasts may be wrong WASHINGTON, D.C. When Grandpa Lang was born, America's population was 20 million. World population was around 1.2 billion. The maximum speed of old Zeno was about 12 miles per hour (more or Sixty years later, when I and my brother went up to the farm summers, Grandpa Lang wore a full beard. Things had changed a lot, people said. South Lee was smaller because farmers were moving west, but America's total pop- ulation was up to 80 million. World population was 2 billion. Speeds were faster: The new Boston and Maine spur cut across Grandpa Lang's farm, and the Bar Harbor Ex- press tore along at a supposed 40 or 50 miles an hour! So now we skip another few generations. 1950 the maximum speed of vehicles was m.p.h. 1973 astronauts travel around m.p.h. The population of the U.S. in 1973 is 210 million; the world 3.8 billion. At the present accelerating rate, world population will double in 35 years 7 billion in 2008. But a lot of people think this won't happen. Every 24 hours there are more people on earth a city the size of Des Moines. Every year there are 76 million more people a country the size of France with all Scandinavia thrown in. It's hard to recognize a New Historic Era when you see one. They're always in the past or the future tense. But the start of the "era of scar- city" may be here right now. What seems accepted is that the line of increased popula- tion has crossed the line of increased food. Not merely food many other items, too. Oil, for example; energy. The U.S. with 6 per cent of the world population uses a third of the world's energy. It's hard to believe this can last. The U.S. is becoming import-dependent on a dozen raw materials necessary for industrial expansion. Ex- ample: In 1950 the U.S. im- ported 8 per cent of its iron; by 2000 probably 67 per cent. All these doomsday forecasts may be wrong. They always have been in the past. It is true, though, that we face an oil shortage. Food prices are rising, not just at home but round the world. Conditions approaching famine have been reported from Africa, India, Indonesia, and other areas. Anybody can read the population statistics. Just in the interest of safety it might be wise to take a look at the matter, using as a starting point, perhaps, Grandpa Lang's farmhouse with the big barn a century ago, where Susie used to look out from the back window at the comforting Pawtuckaway Mountains. Overpopulation wasn't invented yet. For those who think that a food-population crisis exists, there are two comforting aspects: in the wealthy, or so-called developed, nations is slowing down. are coming up all the time with new "miracle" crops. But neither development, by itself, solves much. The greatest population push is in the teeming, low- income, semi-literate UDCs where malnutrition is already chronic. Unlike famine, malnutrition is unobtrusive. It's just day-in, day-out debilitation, lacking drama. There are 2 billion people in these areas. A drought, or a series of drought, could bring a continental catastrophe. Some, like Gunnar Myrdal, think it could be the greatest catastrophe in the history of mankind. As for new crops, like "miracle" wheat and rice, and the promising new high- protein sorghum, they probably staved off famines in the last five years and they do wonders under favorable con- ditions. India imported U.S. surplus wheat at low prices a few years ago. But last year the U.S. sold one-quarter of its en- tire wheat crop to Russia before Washington officials were even aware of a world shortage: Russia got it at a fantastic a ton plus an ex- port bonus which Washington gave, incredibly enough, out of taxpayers's money, to stimulate the sale. American wheat sells today in hungry India for to a ton. Even in America housewives complain of high prices. And American's wheat surplus is gone. China just made a billion-dollar deal with Canada for wheat next year. A world scramble for food is on, in the new protein war. and a meal Miracle grain crops, part of the "green revolution" may only give more time scientists seeking a solution to world food needs. for in me new pimeiu ncu. Population control may be needed to feed mouths around the world WASHINGTON, D.C. District No. 7 school was back of Grandpa Lang's barn in South Lee, N.H., and one time there was a reference to Malthus in it. There was a titter when Sarah Haley, the teacher, ex- plained that Malthus thought some day there would be too many people on earth. The United States had 40 million people, which was big, but its area was enormous. So Sarah Haley dismissed this comical notion of Malthus and sent George Lang (the middle one of eight Langs who went to No. 7) across the road, into the pines to the spring to bring back some water. So now it is a century later. Many big countries are trying to limit population growth. East Germany and West Germany, and Luxembourg, have stabilized population. The United Kingdom, Hungary, Scandinavia, the Soviet Union, and Japan may achieve zero population growth in 20 years. The U.S. has fallen below the replacemtn level of 2.1 children, though it won't reach ZPG for 50 years or more. So why the concern? Because world population has reached 3.8 billion and will double in 35 years. Because many do not think it can double. Because some think Spaceship Earth, a small planet in a minor solar system, has about reached a limit. Because 33 British natural scientists last year solemnly advanced the idea in Blueprint for Survival last year, and another group of international scientists argued the same thing, a few months later, in The Limits to Growth. The scientists did not say when, but all their models in- dicate collapse sooner or later, either in population, production, or pollution. They could be wrong, of course. But it is causing a commotion among scholars for the following reasons: World population is increas- ing 75 million a year: babies while you read this ar- ticle. half the people on earth go to bed hungry at night, and famine is latent in many countries. wheat stocks are the lowest since 1952. northern tier of in- dustrial countries (including Northern Europe, the Soviet Union, and Japan) are using their increasing incomes to bid up the price of meat and of the grains necessary to feed livestock. sends up the price of food for the poor nations. grain reserves, which have repeatedly been a buffer against famine abroad, now are quite low. 50 million acres of U.S. cropland (one- seventh of the formerly held in reserve, is being brought back into production. America's global role as food buffer is diminishing. very oceans seem to be overfished: that is what the cod war between Iceland and England is about; other countries are extending offshore boundaries; Soviet floating fish-processing fac- tories compete all over the world; whales are becoming scarce; Peru's normal million tons' catch of anchovies which are made into brown, evil- smelling fishmeal which chickens and cattle find delicious, suddenly failed and the price jumped from a ton in 1970 to today. Over- fished, some say. Meanwhile, the global scramble for food threatens the human environment with irreparable injury. The Sahara now advances south in some places 30 miles a year. 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