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Does Saving More Lives Lead to Perpetual Overpopulation?

Here, Bill Gates brilliantly explains why efforts to eradicate preventable diseases won't lead to perpetual overpopulation.

Yes, saving kids from dying due to diarrhea, polio, and malaria will contribute to a bigger world population, but history and statistics clearly show that as populations get healthier, people choose to have less progeny.

So while we may have a planet of 11.2 billion people give or take a few hundred million by the year 2100, the rate of population growth will fall from a peak of somewhere around 2.0 percent to less than 0.2 percent.

My personal view is that if we are called to be a parent in our lifetime, it's ideal to have no more than one child per parent, the idea being that one child will replace each of us as a living entity that will need to use some of the earth's resources to experience the miracle of living.

To learn more about the life-saving projects that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is engaged in, I recommend viewing "Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates" at Netflix.


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It is with a very heavy heart that after many years of following you, Dr. Kim, I am going to have to unsubscribe from receiving your emails and from your FB page due to what I was shocked to read in your article "Does Saving More Lives Lead to Overpopulation?". I believe that Bill Gates and his foundation are very evil, and your statement that you believe people should not have more than one child per parent is very troubling. I do not believe in the myth of overpopulation, and as a Christian I believe that children are a blessing from God. It is very disturbing that a number of countries will not be replacing themselves population-wise in coming generations. Our problem is not too many people, but too few. I am grateful for the helpful articles, videos and advice you have given to me over the years, but I so strongly disagree with you on this that I must disassociate myself at this point. I wish you the best, and hope that you look into this subject a bit further.