Is it necessary to reduce population growth or family size?


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Ray Dart answered

Thomas Malthus, a couple of centuries ago, postulated that there would be a self-limiting effect of world population, and that limiting effect was food production.

(More recently Russell Hopfenberg suggested deliberately REDUCING food production to limit the world's population "Hey, lets starve some more people".)

It's a curious thing. Where people are poorest and most likely to be hungry, population expands to make the problem worse. In many countries (most of Europe, for instance) the indigenous population (as opposed to that portion caused by mass immigration) is falling, despite food being readily available and cheap.

Studies about 6 years ago (by some committee of the UN) reckoned that world food production would need to increase by 30% by 2025 to keep pace with world population growth. Kinda scary.

Measures to slow population growth are a good idea.

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Ray Dart commented
I had to google, it's Russell Hopfenberg.
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Ray Dart commented
I'm sure that must be true. The trouble is that women are kept in subjugation by half of the world, and even in those countries, like India, that we see as "developing" they are still beholden to their husband. I lost an excellent general manager in Bangalore, because her husband insisted that her duty was to have children. She wanted to wait, build a career, before becoming a mother but could not defy her husband. That must happen all over the world.
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Here too. Government figures (yes really) indicate that women are paid "like for like" about 18% less than men. Since we have an Equal Pay Act, and the government clearly admit it is not working, you'd think they'd have the gumption to do something about it.
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Moga Deet answered

Yes.  In developed countries, people use a lot of resources and produce a lot of waste.  Very few people choose to limit consumption.  In other parts of the world, the population is way in excess of resources such as medical care, fuel, etc.  Most of the underdeveloped world is chronically underemployed.  The best place to see the problem of unchecked population growth is India. 

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Cookie Hill answered

That would be up to the married couple to decide if they will have children or how many they will have.  The reasons why, is not being able to care for them finically,spiritually, and emotionall. 1 Timothy 5:8 " Certainly if  anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith."


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