I am writing in response to Margaret Cunningham's letter "Ending World Hunger" (Nov. 6). Environmental experts concur that overpopulation remains the greatest threat to a sustainable ecosystem.
But Ms. Cunningham confuses the issue of world hunger in a very common way. Ending world hunger is not simply a matter of feeding people. The solutions to world hunger are the same solutions that reduce birth rates and population growth rates.
To date, every country that has ended hunger as a society-wide issue, defined as reducing the Infant Mortality Rate to 50 or below, has subsequently had a lower birth rate followed by a lower population growth rate.
To put it simply: When families see their children surviving, they naturally stop having so many.
We know that ending hunger involves a lot of interventions, which reinforce each other. James Grant, executive director of UNICEF, describes how interventions create a synergistic development process: