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By Antigone (articles ) | May 03, 2003

Folks who tout population control as a cure for all ills havent thought through their logic. Not only are men and women more prone to cause mischief when they havent got a growing family to care for, thinking up all sorts of ideologies, perversions, and distractions for the rest of us, but apparently so are businesses. This weeks New York Times magazine contains a revealing comment in an article about food production:

Unless agribusiness is content to limit its growth to the single-digit growth rate of the American population -- something Wall Street would never abide -- it needs to figure out ways to make us each spend more each year for the same three quarters of a ton of chow.

In the context of the article, a low growth rate of population is a given, and anyone chilled by the value-added approach to food production can simply try to resist it by force of will, or possibly government intervention (same thing).

But maybe questioning the assumption that our current population growth rate is here to stay is a better tactic. Anyone who thinks about it for 5 seconds realizes that a reasonably expanding growth rate is the only viable way for a culture to remain sane and healthy. If we want our food to look like food and not a functional food fortification system, if we want people to be occupied with more constructive pursuits than injecting stuff to eat with flavor factions (and charging us more for it), we should have more babies.

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