Sociologists explain many of the factors that reduce birthrates in differnet
countries. For example, India has a very high birthrate because it's the
parents only source of a retirement to live with sons that can support them in
old age. many families treat the girls very badly and actually name them Nakusa,
"Unwanted" in the local Marathi language.Lowering birthrates
are often a function of adults informal cost/benefit analyisis. Sad but true. In
agriculture you need sons. In the US it doesn't matter but kids will never
be expected to literally support thier parents financial. The parents will
however have considerable cost to raise thier kids and educate them to a level
they can compete in the workforce.In places like Africa the
birthrates are high because infant mortality is so high.
I'd be interested in seeing a map indicating the fertility rates of each
state. It would be very interesting to see if there is much variance between
states and regions of the country.
@antodav"However, Mormons are still growing"Well...the
LDS church is 1.7% of the population and has been holding steady at that for
decades. Sure that's more than what can be said about most faiths but...
holding steady when you are tops (or near tops) in kids/family is actually below
expectation since one would expect the church that has higher rates of making
babies to grow in terms of percent of population.
I say good news to this. Everyone who is stuck in freeway traffic, furious at
having to coexist with their fellow human beings in such density should also
think twice about whether endless population growth is really a great thing.
Once the populations of China and India begin in earnest to consume resources at
the rate of Americans and western Europeans, you'll definitely begin to
wonder if more is always better.Mitt Romney's comment is
typical conservative religious blather that implies those of us with smaller
families care less for our children or have "eroded morality". If you
want to make the economic argument that an expanding economy requires an
expanding population, fine, but keep your religious interpretations out of it.
"Multiply and replenish the earth" is vague and does not necessarily
mean "multiply to the point where water supply, food production, clean air,
and ecological integrity are all severely strained."
Mitt Romney is certainly one to talk about "eroding faith in the
Creator" and "disrespect for the sanctity of life"…but yes, he
is actually right about all that. And now it applies to the U.S. as well.
However, Mormons are still growing. :-)