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The People Bomb Overpopulation has been said to be one of the greatest challenges for humanity to solve. Let’s look at the causes, effects, and some potential solutions to the overpopulation issue. Causes Birth control expensive (year’s supply in Ethiopia costs $40; average wage is $120/year) Religion – according to Hindu tradition, funeral fire must be lit by a son Son Mania – families favoring a son because women’s family must pay a dowry High infant mortality rates – in developing countries, lots of babies die; people have large families so some can survive Social security – no welfare, unemployment, or retirement plans; parents rely on kids to take care of them when they retire Unequal treatment of women – women not having a say in how many kids to have Effects Poverty Food Shortages Increased Rich/Poor Gap People relying on help from developed countries Resource depletion Solutions Education – birth control, especially of women Equality – of race and gender Increased health care Uncorrupt governments Increased standard of living Accessible birth control
"The People Bomb"