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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 31 2013: In the US you get $3,500 tax break for every child.. We need to stop giving money to people for children and possibly even tax people who have more than like 2 kids. As countries begin to Industrialiize than typically the average family size decreases.. Religion is another toxic element which deters people from contraceptives. The Catholic Church needs to stop spewing its dogma all around the world and proving once again that religion is a huge barrier separating man from a higher reason and ethic

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