08 Oct '11, 6am

Where’s the contraceptive for overconsumption? [VIDEO]

"What we need to really find for the future is the contraceptive for overconsumption," says Mother Jones environmental correspondent Julia Whitty on PBS's Need to Know . In this video segment, Whitty, who wrote a MoJo cover story on population last year, talks population with Phillip Longman , a fellow at the New America Foundation and author of the 2004 book The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What to Do About It . Whitty sums up the main dilemma: "This is the paradox that I wrote about, which is: The greatest way to slow population growth is to reduce poverty. But the greatest way to run out of resources is to increase wealth. And this is what we face as we move forward is how to balance these two issues." Read more on population. Check out our series 7 billion: What to expect when you're expanding . Longman adds: "The relationship betw...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/population/2011-10-08-contraceptive-...

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