Feeding children on a budget
Shannon Roberts | 24 Jul 2013
If we’re encouraging people to have children, we should share tips on how to feed them without going broke.
Fertility decreases for third year in a row in Canada
Shannon Roberts | 11 Jul 2013
New figures from Statistics Canada show that fertility there has decreased for the third year in a row. It hasn’t been above the replacement level of 2.1 children since 1971, and was just 1.61 children per women in 2011.
Another Economist says more Babies are Needed
Shannon Roberts | 2 Jul 2013
Today I point you to this eloquently written review in the The Telegraph of Stephen D King’s recently published book “When the Money Runs Out” by Charles Moore. The book gives a gloomy economic forecast. Politicians always appear certain that recovery from our current long recession is just around the corner. Yet King, who is group chief economist and global head of economics and asset allocation at HSBC, asserts that the Baby Boomers’ assumption that the world’s economy will always bounce back may be a false one with little basis.
"Astonishing" demographic change in Latin America
Shannon Roberts | 25 Jun 2013
New published demographic research by Albert Esteve at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, reveals Latin American society is changing at an unprecedented rate. For generations people have been focussed on early marriage, family and child-rearing, but now co-habitation rather than marriage is becoming a norm and having children is being postponed. It took “rich” countries 50 years, with changes occurring in sequence, while in Latin America the changes have happened in half the time and all at once, resulting in faster, less predictable social change.
White Deaths Outnumber Births in America
Shannon Roberts | 19 Jun 2013
A new milestone in the gradual decline of white people in America occurred this week. The number of non-Hispanic white deaths outnumbered births for the first time. Significantly, several demographers have said that they are not aware of another time in American history when the dominant racial group in America has shrunk in this way, even taking into account such events as the depression and the two world wars last century.
Baby Boomers: An emerging resource?
Shannon Roberts | 7 Jun 2013
The world has become a time poor place. More mothers no longer stay at home, and both women and men often have busy careers. People in general just seem busy somehow. Schools struggle for volunteers for trips – many don’t rely on parent helpers as much as they did in years gone by – and there are less people around to regularly visit the sick or elderly and fill all those little gaps in our communities where simply care and time is needed. Could the aging baby boomers be a new and emerging resource to bless our communities in ways just such as this?
Migrants set to become majority in UK
Shannon Roberts | 22 May 2013
A new academic study commissioned by Oxford University has found that minority groups will make up 40% of the United Kingdom by 2050, making it one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Moreover, it is not just the UK that is set to change, but all European countries.
Bugs for Breakfast anyone?
Shannon Roberts | 15 May 2013
A book just released by the United Nations, Edible Insects: future prospects for food and feed security, discusses the benefits that insect farming could potentially have on the environment and on the supply of food worldwide. It is certainly 'food for thought' on the various food sources we don't even tap into - especially given that the media often postulates on overpopulation and a lack of food. But would we want to?
World's Oldest Man Turns 116
Shannon Roberts | 29 Apr 2013
Ten days ago on the 19th of April, the world’s oldest person celebrated his 116th birthday in Kyoto, Japan, becoming the oldest person ever (well at least that we know of!). He was born all the way back in 1897. Will we rush to study his diet, exercise regime and skincare products?
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