Thursday, July 19, 2007

Restricting Family Size May Become Unavoidable, Says Environment Group -- 07/19/2007

re: "London ( - A British advocacy group is warning that compulsory restrictions on family sizes may become "unavoidable" if the Earth is to be saved from disaster. / The Optimum Population Trust, a group that advocates curbing global population growth because of humans' impact on the environment, says that over the next 50 years, the planet will have to deal with the largest generation of adolescents and teenagers in history...[snip]...By 2050, OPT projects that the world's population will be using the biological capacity of two Earths. It says this will lead to a massive population crash through a combination of violence, disease and starvation. / To prevent this, the report advocates a mix of government policies to prevent women worldwide from having more than an average of two children. / Recommendations for developing countries include funding to provide women much greater access to contraception and abortions. / Despite the fact that fertility rates in nearly all European countries has dropped below two -- demographers say the generational replacement level is 2.1 -- the trust said fears of "a baby shortage" are misplaced... /Donna Nicholson, a spokeswoman for the Scottish chapter of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said that the problem facing many developing countries is not overpopulation but global inequality. /The United States produces enough food annually to feed the entire world, she said. At the same time, the crippling debt facing many African countries drives them to cut back on education and health care. ...[snip].../Josephine Quintavalle, head of Comment on Reproductive Ethics, another British pro-life group, said she found it frightening that the OPT report was getting attention. /She said Europe was facing a situation in which in just a few years, more people would be over 60 years of age than under 60..."...

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