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On July 11th 1987 a baby girl born in Beijing hospital at midnight was what the government of China called baby five billion Whether or not the infant actually brought the total world population to five billion at that time no on is certain What is certain however is that statistics continue to indicate that the number of people on this earth is increasing at phenomenal speeds A quarter of a million a day to be exact The issue of overpopulation is one that is not new to the ears of environmentalist The dangers caused by our over indulgence of earth finite resources to satisfy our exponential population growth are indeed very real Experts have postulated that at the present rate of growth the amount of food needed to feed the worlds population will soon outstrip production resulting to global starvation Tied closely to overpopulation is the phenomenon of species degeneration The most successful members of the race are the ones having fewest children The vast majority of the species population growth is in areas where newly arrive children have a fairly poor chance of having a successful life successful denoting safety food comfort and education In view of this dilemma the pragmatic Chinese have adopted what is known as the one child policy permitting no more than one child per couple Their intentions were economics and political to reduce population raise the average standard of living and thus achieve political stability The policy has meant 300 million less mouths to feed and has enable China to open up both economically and socially China is an excellent example of the benefits which are possible in the implementation of the one child policy Although many pro-life and pro-choice activists may hastily rise to the occasion to argue that the one child policy is a violation of human rights their arguments are dwarfed by the great advantages
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