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May 23rd 2007 – the day the world became more urban than rural by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
June 1, 2007, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins, Megatrend

May 23rd was a significant day for the history of humanity. Researchers using United Nations population data report here that this was the ‘tipping point’ when, globally, there are more people living in urban environments than in rural areas. The research team advises interpreting this carefully however, “avoiding the urge to interpret this demographic transition to mean that the urban population has greater importance than the rural.” Urban and rural populations, they say, rely heavily on each other.

Cities refine and process rural goods for urban and rural consumers. But if either cities or rural areas had to sustain themselves without the other, Wimberley says, few would bet on the cities.

“given global rural impoverishment, the rural-urban question for the future is not just what rural people and places can do for the world’s new urban majority. Rather, what can the urban majority do for poor rural people and the resources upon which cities depend for existence? The sustainable future of the new urban world may well depend upon the answer.

For more details in an article written by North Carolina State University read here.


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