Ciències de la vida i la salut

L’adjectiu demofòric és un compost creat a partir dels formants grecs demo- ’població’ i -fòric ’producció’ o ’portador’. La creació d’aquest mot i del substantiu del qual deriva, demòfora (com anàfora) està explicat en l’article «Demophora: Greeks had words for the interdependence of biological and technical growth» dins el llibre Science and Public Affairs, de 1973:

The word is demophora as a noun, demophoric as an adjective, with suggested accents on the second and third syllables, respectively, as in geography and  geographic. Derived from Greek (demos, population; phora, production), it is intended for use in combined reference to human population and technological production-consumption, using the latter term to encompass not only products of manufacture and cultivation, but also resources consumed and wastes generated in their production and use. The word stresses the unity and interdependence of biological and technological phenomena inherent in the "man-machine" concept, with implications that are primarily, though not exclusively, metabolic.

Two considerations motivated us to invent the word. The first was a scientific need to express the interplay of cause and effect relationships between human population phenomena and technological growth. The second was a need for new tactics and strategies to facilitate global agreement to control the rates of human population growth, environmental pollution, and resource depletion.


La població humana, canvis demogràfics i demofòrics.

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English-Word Information.

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