Original transcription excerpt from NPR's Morning Edition last Monday:
NEARY: So, what is the solution? Certainly it's not just go back to have large families, is it?
LONGMAN: Right. Well, we find in much of the developing world people who say they wish they could have children but they can't find a way because it's seen as too expensive. So in some ways this is almost a human rights problem. In other places, you know, we still, to be clear, are looking at very rapid population growth that creates pressures of its own. But what's new is that most of the remaining population growth, for the globe as a whole, is coming from people who've already been born. So obviously that's a great challenge. And if you're a developing country that is not yet rich and now you're growing old before you get rich, this is a particular challenge.
NEARY: So, what do we say about declining birth rates and global economies? Heaven forbid we should sound so simplistic and politically incorrect as to say that it's a matter of going back to having large families!
LONGMAN: Right. So let's talk about how there are still people in the world who can't have children, as if it will contribute to the interview, and about immigration, since that has something to do with population, and throw in a few buzzwords like "challenge" and "human rights". Oh, and don't forget that there are countries whose medical establishment isn't up to par with the First World, so they must be neglecting their elderly, since they're not able to extend their lives with scores of prescriptions and machines and assisted living facilities.
Yeah. Longman's clearly got the answer to declining birth rates . . . big families couldn't be the answer. ;o)