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Scary Conspiracy Theories About Population Control

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Conspiracy theories regarding global depopulation and population control have become extremely popular in the last decade. With every manner of plot out there, from UN population purges to race wars to secret government documents planning to seize the food supply, it becomes clear that humanity is only a few years away from a great cull, presided over by the Illuminati. So just what are these scary population control theories? And are any of them true?

We've been "a few years away" from this great cull for decades, but the great purge of Earth never seems to come. In fact, the population grows, in spite of plots that have taken decades to hatch. And these plots are all public as well, from poisoned vaccines to UN policy papers. It seems that when the end comes, we'll all be able to see it coming, and have known about it for years.

Here are the most commonly spread and discussed global depopulation conspiracies, ranging from things that are real, but misinterpreted, to things that are completely made up.
  • Agenda 21

    Photo: United Nations / Wikimedia Commons

    Agenda 21 is a non-binding and unenforceable United Nations policy paper written in 1992 and signed by 178 countries, including the United States. It was envisioned as a long-term plan to be implemented at the micro-level, promoting environmentally-healthy development, efficient use of resources and improved urban planning.

    Some conspiracy theorists, at the prompting of Glenn Beck, have decided that Agenda 21 is actually a nefarious plot to cull the population and cram the survivors into Soviet-style urban clusters - giving way to a clean and green Earth to be enjoyed by the elites.

    This group has become a tremendous nuisance to local governments, clogging up city council meetings and urban planning commissions with protests over bike paths, new parks and zoning restrictions. All of these, they believe, are elements of the micro-level plan to kill billions, town by town.

    In reality, Agenda 21 makes no such provisions, has nothing to do with depopulation or urban "stack and pack" ghettos, and has no legal provisions for those who don't enact it. It's also freely available online, which would be unusual for a global depopulation plan,
  • Codex Alimentarius

    Another supposedly sinister UN plan for mass genocide, the Codex Alimentarius is actually a standardized set of regulations, measurements, and guidelines for the safe production and growth of food. It has its origins in a similar document created in Austria in the late 1800s, and was proposed at the UN by an Austrian politician in 1950.

    Like Agenda 21, the Codex is not a law, but a set of standards for how food is grown and distributed. Conspiracy theorists, however, see not food safety but food control, with the Codex viewed as a UN plot to keep the food supply under their thumb, starving millions of "useless eaters" and putting the rest of the population on environmentally friendly diets. They also accuse it of banning vitamins, mineral supplements, organic farming, and chemical-free meat.

    Again, none of this is true. Every single time a "deadline" for when the Codex is going to drop the hammer on the food supply has neared, it's passed without incident. The sale of vitamins and minerals is virtually unregulated, and if the Codex really were a depopulation plot, it's certainly taking its time.
  • Vaccines

    Photo: Areca Wilson / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    While the argument over vaccines and autism continues to (incorrectly) rage, another, less-widely held conspiracy theory believes that vaccination is one of the methods by which the Illuminati will carry out their great population cull.

    Putting aside the logical issues of vaccination being designed to prevent disease, not cause it (as well as vaccines having existed for over a century), most of this perceived plot stems from a single source - a misinterpreted quote from a 2010 TED Talk given by Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates.

    Gates is on record as saying "The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3."

    It's easy to see that Gates isn't talking about reducing the population, he's talking about reducing the growth rate of the population. And research bears out that good health care reduces poverty, which in turn, reduces the number of children a family has. Also, what kind of genocidal maniac publicly discloses his plans at a TED Talk?
  • Chemtrails

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    Look skyward and you'll probably see long white lines coming from passing jet planes. These are contrails, the ice crystals that result from hot jet exhaust hitting the cold air found at high altitude.

    But conspiracy theorists don't see simple water vapor trails - they see planes spraying noxious chemicals into the atmosphere, designed for any number of evil purposes. They call them "chemtrails" and even a cursory search reveals a large number of people who truly believe that "they" are spraying us with poisons meant to make us sterile, docile - and ultimately dead.

    No reputable source has ever confirmed the existence of chemtrails, and almost every picture on the Internet of them or the airplanes that spray them, is either fake, misinterpreted, or simply of jets crossing each other at high altitudes. Additionally, photographic evidence of contrails behind airplanes goes all the way back to the '40s, when fleets of bombers painted the sky white with water vapor coming off their engines.