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India and China have so many people today because they’re good for farming and big, but they’ve always been that way, so they’ve actually had a huge proportion of Earth’s people for thousands of years.

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References:

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Goldewijk, K.K., Arthur Beusen, Jonathan Doelman, and Elke Stehfest. "New anthropogenic land use estimates for the Holocene; HYDE 3.2.” Unpublished manuscript. https://goo.gl/z73PNr

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Thanks also to Deepak Ray, Jamie Gerber, Emily Cassidy, and Ryan Loomis.


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3 months ago

+The Truth ... you are just rambling mindlessly, repeating mostly popular nonsense. The video pointed out some solid evidence, even if you're not educated enough to understand it.

"Population boom" happens everywhere, just like population decimation cycles... due to natural phenomena like plagues, droughts, floods, etc.

As the video pointed out, back in the 1600 & 1700s === when MOST people around the world, including Europeans, were just poor, illiterate farmers === the populations of both India and China WERE already much larger than any other country, on both relative & absolute scales...

The question is WHY that is the case.

Did you notice the video SPECIFICALLY said the average GROWTH RATE of both China and India HAS BEEN pretty much similar to those of other nations, too?

Obviously, you didn't comprehend that fact, so that's why you went on to babble mindlessly about the "baby boom" bullshit you did.

(BTW, population control, as state policies, on the one hand, & individuals deciding on the own to have less and less kids, DUE TO EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS, on the other.... did NOT start as a phenomenon until the middle of the 1900s: by that time, both India and China WERE ALREADY GIANT countries.)

Anyway, again, the video's pretty much on solid ground, even if it couldn't possibly list 100% of the main reasons, within 2 minutes.

The 2-3 top reasons WHY China and India have become so big, as the video mentioned, are:

#1: CALORIES: --- rice has more calories than Wheat. Virtually all of Europe eat wheat-based food while all of Asia eat rice-based food.

In addition to rice, most the other major crops --- including Wheat itself --- and protein animals like cattle, goats, pigs, chickens, etc. WERE FIRST DOMESTICATED IN Asia or the Middle East. So, from the get-go, both India and China already had more than other countries...

And if those crops were not originally from the ME or Asia, then they're from the Americas (like corn, potatoes, & hundreds of herbs, fruits, vegetables, tubers, etc).... so, again, the other nations, including those in Europe, NEVER had much to play with from the very beginning...

#2: LANDS that have rivers and rainfalls and weather patterns that support good harvest year-round on endless kinds of crops.

#3: The SIZE of the country: both India and China, in addition to having #1 and #2 in giant proportions also have very large land masses.

FOR EXAMPLE:

If you're Vietnam, Bangladesh, or Pakistan, it doesn't matter how much food you grow, your LAND SIZE will naturally put a constrain to how large your population grows.... and even if your country is FILLED TO THE MAX, like it is the real cases in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Vietnam, you still will NOT be as big as the populations of India or China.

(BTW, by a certain time historically, if you, as a people and nation, HAVEN'T already conquered enough adjacent countries & people to make them your own, then it's also too late to expand your country's "geography." Vietnam, for example, is only about 1.3 times bigger than Laos, next door; but Vietnam has close to 100M people while Laos has less than 10M. If Vietnam, say, had been able to conquer adjacent lands like Laos, Cambodia & Thailand, then, yes, its population COULD have increased into the 500M range, be large & powerful enough to giant in the world stage; but that is NOT the case, is it? Ditto for Bangladesh & Pakistan & any other small countries with good lands for crops of livestock...)

Again, "The Truth," you need to get some basic education in geography, history, population density and growth statistics, and crop productivity before you babble mindlessly... like you did here...

16 hours ago

MinuteEarth I know why they are very horny.

2 days ago

MinuteEarth is

5 days ago

MinuteEarth you wanna know y they have a lot of people because they don't use a rubber

5 days ago

Seriously? They like to have sex... ;)

55 minutes from now

What about Nepal?

1 hour ago

Idk If Hong Kong is same as China






Why Hong Kong has a lot of people







Bc Hong Kong is a safe place and there are a little killers in Hong Kong and Hong Kong is a small world







You forgot Hong kong

4 hours ago

simple ans : sex is given priority

4 hours ago

You guys should have kept your mouths shut when MacArthur got drunk before the election and he said he was going to nuke China... Just go with the flow people...

12 hours ago

We need more civic buildings!

Must have food!

12 hours ago

The paradox: poverty + lack of (any) education = as many children as possible!:(

14 hours ago

Why? Because they have lots of unprotected sex and no access to birth control. No condoms, no pills. And Indians invented the Kamasutra, so all that produces people!

19 hours ago

indians are stupid

19 hours ago

Dron Gupta
Cuck

9 hours ago

India has largest Population coz they drink URINE (COW's)

20 hours ago

When White people say "China food," I think "These fucking idiots."

20 hours ago

It's because they breed like fucking rats

21 hours ago

PULL OUT GAME, WEAK AF

21 hours ago

please change the indian the map its wrong map

23 hours ago

Who else live in asia?

23 hours ago

indian get so much kids, like they poop

1 day ago

Bcoz they love their wives like no other countries does

1 day ago

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1 day ago

Well. Actually China is so populated mainly because it's big. China is 9.6million sq kms and have 1.3 billion people. EU is 4.5 million sq kms and have 0.5 billion people. Back to east asia South korea is 0.1million sq kms and 50million people while japan is 0.36 sq kms and 127 million people. China is 96 times bigger than S korea but only 22 times bigger in population. 30 times bigger than japan but only 11 times bigger than japan in population. Knowing this you will think China is quite normal. Russia is big too but way too cold. Canada cold as well.Australia 95% desert. Brasil too hot. So there are only two coutries which can feed so many people China and US. But US has a very short history not like asia and Europe. So it's not too populated. Coming to India… yes i do think it's too populated. It's only one third vigger as China but almost same populated.

1 day ago

My country has the most amount of farmland???

1 day ago

Then we now know who to eradicate.........

1 day ago

Disappointed, an American university study don't make sense..... It is fertility rate that counts,  which is attributed to genetics of particular anthropological species ; again , the climate; very cold climates ( as in Europe ) are so unfavourable for fertilization of a sperm and egg to happen...So people of some other countries ' multiply like rabbits '.

1 day ago

Because they fuck a lot,, why else.

1 day ago

Thats because Pseudo condoms are supplied in india and fooling people since 18th century

1 day ago

Map is wrong.

1 day ago

Easy. Because they like to fuck with no protection!

1 day ago

First of all do correct the map of India . if you face problem search on Google .

2 days ago

Simple, coz they f***k a lot

2 days ago

Wrong indian map sala

2 days ago

one more reason is because they produce more babies than other countries old Chinese and Indian people made 4 - 6 babies on average. i dont know why... possible answers could include, just tradition/culture, being greedy or making a lot of babies so they could ensure a better future for themselves

2 days ago

I question the accuracy of the population figures provided by the Chinese and Indian governments. Communists will lie at the drop of a hat if it suits their needs, and there are so many uber-poor people in Indian who live on the streets and have no mailing addresses to which to send census forms, so an accurate count is nearly impossible.

2 days ago

Imagine if Indian and Chinese starts having sex together.

2 days ago

Michael Bolster
आप की माँ की चूत
आप मादरचोद हैं
आप भोसडीवाले हैं

1 minute ago

Michael Bolster niggars? you mean black people you cave devil

55 minutes ago

Indians look more like african niggars than asians though

19 hours ago

Ishrak Hussain 不,别这样想,在中国人和印度人搞在一起之前先让我把你妈搞了吧,傻叼!

2 days ago

You know that Pakistan was India till 1947 right? The river Indus, after which India is named, flows mostly through Pakistan.

2 days ago

I figured sex and babies had something to do with it.

2 days ago

Thats Bangladesh? What are you 4?

2 days ago

When you have lots of farmland and a great head start but your people are stills shitting on the streets👳🏽👍🏽

2 days ago

Because one is Elephant and other is Dragon.

2 days ago

Well the Mummy & the daddy do a special cuddle.........

2 days ago

nice explanation

2 days ago

wrong map buddy..

2 days ago

You sound fat

2 days ago

there might be one more reason as china and India have small penis that is why they want to show/proof to the world that small penis work and do some thing.

3 days ago

I love the last sentence! Nice pun!!!

3 days ago

makes sense

3 days ago

if Bangladesh has the size of india it would be the most populus country in the world

3 days ago

Wrong India map so going to unsubscribe

3 days ago

India don’t have toilet and are full of rapists ,so it’s obvious of them to grow like bacteria!

3 days ago

0:14 oops my apologies
0:12 your stats haven't been updated since 2006 or 5 because that year we hit like 6 billion people & we hit 7 billion towards 2010... So no. Lost your credibility already. Try & win it back though
2:19 oh cool! Thanks for explaining the argiculture to me. It's never been told to me that directly. Thank you

3 days ago

The world needs forced abortions

3 days ago

Not necessarily "the world", but countries like these surely do;)

14 hours ago
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