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Why even the childless should care about school lunch

PB&J as metaphor: a subsidized lunch served in an Illinois school. Photo: Mrs. Q Regular readers will have noticed a certain emphasis on school lunch in the Grist food section lately. Veteran journalist Ed Bruske has been doing superb on-the-ground reporting on the topic; I've been obsessing about the anonymous teacher blogger Mrs. Q, and writing disappointed critiques of the school-lunch legislation now in the Senate. A couple of days ago, Lisa Hymas' great post on green-inclined people who choose to be childless -- Lisa has dubbed them GINKs -- got me to thinking. Are a lot of people tuning …

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We need birth control, not geoengineering

I've written about my choice not to have children.  What's all too easy to forget is that many women still don't have any reasonable choice about their fertility. An estimated 200 million women around the world don't have access to family-planning tools.  If they did, 52 million unwanted pregnancies could be averted every year, according to the Guttmacher Institute [PDF]. I'm not talking government mandates or coercion or heavy-handed tactics -- those approaches aren't just ethically dubious, they're wholly unnecessary.  We just need to give every woman everywhere contraceptive options so she can have basic control over how many children …

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My family (yours, too) needs rich social spaces–not cars–to be happy

Lisa's fantastic essay, "Say it loud: I'm childfree and I'm proud," had 196 comments last time I checked. If you haven't read it, you really should. I'll wait here. ... It got me thinking. Pardon a weekend ramble. Me and my little resource hogs.I'm a father of two boys and I've absolutely loved it. I was making pretty poor use of being childless anyway, and it turns out having kids suits me better than independence ever did. But my first reaction to Lisa's essay was not defensiveness. It's not like we're taking a quiz and there's only one right answer. …

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Debunking the “you’d be a great green parent” argument

A number of commenters on my "I'm childfree and I'm proud" post, both here and on Facebook, argued that I'm just the sort of smart, eco-groovy person who should be having kids, to ensure that there's a new generation of thoughtful and active citizens to carry on the good fight.  Thanks for the compliment!  But I have to respectfully disagree.  For starters, I'll turn again to wise words from Stephanie Mills, who heard similar arguments after she announced her intention to remain childfree in 1969: There were well-intentioned folks who told me that I was just the kind of person …

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The GINK Manifesto: Say it loud — I’m childfree and I’m proud

In 1969, graduating college senior Stephanie Mills made national headlines with a commencement address exclaiming that, in the face of impending ecological devastation, she was choosing to forgo parenthood.  "I am terribly saddened by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is to have no children at all," she told her classmates. I come here before you today to make the same proclamation—with a twist. I am thoroughly delighted by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is to have no children at all. Making the green choice too often feels like …

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