New Internationalist

Perceptions on population issues have changed dramatically within a decade. A degree of consensus has emerged on the causes and consequences of population growth, its relationship to economic development and what should be done about. But population remains an emotional and divisive issue - it is both intensely personal, and political.

September 1979, Issue 079

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Editorial: cracks and chasms
Perceptions of world population.
Population: fiction and fact
Famous names and companies back a statement about food resources and world population. The New Internationalist points out some of the facts they care, to omit.
Population and progress: the facts
A survey of world population trends, and a guide to national demographic statistics.
The decision-makers
What the people of India, Tanzania and Bangladesh have to say about family planning. Reports by Sunil Mehra and Maggie Black.
Availability Ray
Dr Ray Ravenholt advocates condoms, intrauterine devices, pills, sterilization and abortion. He has also been accused of wanting to sterilize a quarter of the world's women. He talks frankly to Peter Adamson about his real beliefs.
Too many slaves
Tarzie Vittachi discovers a manuscript in which Socrates ponders on what can be done about the population explosion in Ancient Greece!
The small miracle
There is increasing promotion of the Pill to Third World women. Dexter Tiranti argues for a careful reassessment of just how this contraceptive method should be employed.
Where there's a pill, there's a way
Steve Minkin attacks the commercial marketing of pills in Bangladesh.
High-rise nonsense
A quarter of all city dwellers live in towns and shanties. J B D'Souza, the Indian town planner, takes his colleagues to task and argues for a new approach to housing the urban poor.
People on the move
Graham Hancock reports on 'the largest migratory movement in human history' - the trek of the poor from countryside to metropolis.
Let's make it two
Anuradha Vittachi writes on the causes and consequences of the decision for smaller families by couples in the industrialized world.
Stories on a conservation movement saving trees in India, community-based crime prevention in the United States, and One World Week in Britain.
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