LTE: Population and food supply

June 9, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

LTE: Population and food supply
Despite accusations that Filipino president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is a dictator in the making (27 May), he has done something worthy. He has attacked the Catholic church for its opposition to contraception; he says, “we have to do something with our overpopulation”.
Many Filipinos are mired in poverty, a legacy of failing to constrain population growth in past decades. Compare the history of its near neighbour, Thailand. Here, where the much-loved Dr Mechai Viravaidya (“Mr Condom”) has promoted family planning since the 1970s, the average number of children has fallen drastically.

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