Bill Clinton Says Educating Women Will Curb Population Growth, Prevent World Hunger

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At the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual outlook conference, Bill Clinton enumerated the many benefits of offering educational opportunities to women and girls around the world. Giving them a chance to learn could help limit global population growth, ease food shortages, and slow the erosion of natural resources. In short, everything but peace in the Middle East. “It wouldn’t be bad for American farmers if instead of going from 6.5 billion to 9 billion people on planet Earth, we topped out at 8 billion,” said Clinton. “It would save more water, and we’d have more resources for our children and grandchildren.” Nobody tell the House Republicans about this or they'll try to ban funding to women's education on account of the potential danger to the unborn.

Clinton Says Education for Women to Cap Population Growth [Businessweek]