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Old 02-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Arragonis View Post
Improving a society's wealth increases the health outcomes. Increasing the outcomes means that people decide when to have children - usually later - and how many - usually 1.
That's the theory. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work all that well in practice. At the very least, a society has to be much wealthier than the US, UK, or western European nations are today for it to have any effect, because those nations are still experiencing population growth despite prosperity and over-crowding.

As for the children suffering... Not having them suffer is really not an option, because if population growth is not checked somehow, all but a fortunate handful will be condemned to a life in the human equivalent of battery chicken farms.