In Philippines, Some See Birth Control as Path to Food Security

BY Larisa Epatko  January 23, 2012 at 4:40 PM EST

In the Philippines, a growing population of people has led to a sharp decline in fish, a vital part of the diet. To address the problem, one organization is making birth control more readily accessible to those wishing to keep their families small.

In the next report in the series “Food for 9 Billion“, airing Monday on the NewsHour, Sam Eaton of Homelands Productions goes to the fishing village of Humay-Humay. There, he speaks with families about their concerns that future generations won’t enjoy the same access to fish as a food staple and way of life.

Resident Jason Bostero explains why he and his wife Crisna chose to have only two children: “I am a farmer and fisherman. My income is just right to feed us three times a day. It’s really, really different when you have a small family.”

A community-based family planning program is making condoms and the birth control pill “as easy as buying soft drinks or matches” in the village, according to the report.

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