chapter  4
11 Pages

Population Dynamics: Why We Can Sit Back and Watch Fertility Fall

WithVirginia Deane Abernethy

Environments are degrading, climatic change perturbs seasonal rainfall, per capita food production is falling, and the disparity between the rich and poor within countries is growing even as total gross domestic product rises. The challenge is to deploy sustainable technology which supports the existing population without creating a stimulus for continued multiplication of humanity. International agencies would seem well advised to continue efforts to promote family planning because it offers a humane means to limit fertility and is inexpensive to provide. Immigration policy in industrialized countries is seldom analyzed from the perspective of its effect on fertility rates in the third world. Real poverty is afflicting not only large regions of the world but also significant sectors within developed and rapidly industrializing societies.