Friday, December 30, 2011

Birth rates fall in Brazil, much of Latin America, even in rural areas

Even in developing countries, even in the countryside sometimes, birth rates are dropping. Juan Feroro has a front page story in the Dec. 30, 2011 Washington Post, ‘The incredible shrinking family. In Brazil and throughout Latin America, fertility declines as attitudes change”, link here

The birthrate in Latin America has dropped from six children per family in 1960 to 2.3 now.
Toward the end of the article, Brazil’s career women are said to be asking “Why do they need children?”
Another reason is that previous dictators, while wanting to populate rural areas in Communist style, actually drove families into cities where children were a “burden”. 

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