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Chantal Soldini

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What can we do to improve human population control?

Besides world hunger, poverty and inequality, humanity faces another social phenoma: over-population. I recently read Dan Brown's newly published book Inferno. The book talks about over-population and (spoiler alert!) how a plague was produced to leave 1/3 of the population infertile.

It got me thinking, if we did find the technology to do this, would we do it? Should we? Then again, isn't reproduction a basic human right? Yet, this same right is making our already limited resources even more limited.

What do you think fellow TEDizens. Are we taking enough initiative as it is regarding birth control? Are campaings of contraceptive methods enough or should we have a more radical approach? There are already countries that support the idea of population control, amidst them China and India. Is this enough?

Let me know what you think.


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    Oct 28 2013: There is no single answer to this subject.....
    Some countries have high population and high growth rate...
    Some other countries have almost flat population & negative growth rate with bigger geriatric population ....do think strategy for both should be same ?
    • Oct 30 2013: Yes, the strategy for every country must be the same. Every country must get their numbers down. Every country must ensure that we average less than 2 children until we are no longer destroying the resources we need to keep our numbers alive.

      The goal is to have a geriatric population. A geriatric population is not a problem, it is the solution.
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        Oct 31 2013: Wow "One size fits all " ....good to know your opinion.
        Whether geriatric population is a problem or solution was not point of discussion in my comment above.

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