How Many Kids Is Enough?

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Michael Braungart of MBDC is interviewed by Nelda Roger in the latest issue of Azure and points out that it isn't our population that is a problem, it is how we live:

As I like to point out, the biomass of ants is four times that of humans. And because they work so much harder than we do, they equal about 30 billion people in their calorie consumption. But they are absolutely not a problem for the environment. In fact, the rainforest is completely dependent on them.

That gives me some comfort, given that a new Christian movement called Quiverfull is telling families to have as many kids as possible. According to National Public Radio they are listening, averaging 8.5 kids per family.

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Lots of help on the farm: seven kids. Credit NPR

Not only do they encourage large families, based on Psalm 127 which says

"Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."

but they also raise money to reverse vasectomies for people that realize a bit too late that they want six more kids. As one mother said:

"It's not individual, it's not 'I'm a woman, hear me roar, I'm going to go take on the world,' Family has always been the foundation of church and society. It's God's design; it's beautiful."

I certainly hope Michael Braungart is right; if too many families have 8.5 kids we will find out pretty quickly. More from NPR
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