Funny, out of all the criticism levelled at the Octo-mom (Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight kids after already having six, in case you've been meditating in seclusion for the past month), the one I have hardly seen at all was the first to pop into my head: Did she ever think, even once, about the environmental ramifications of just one sole person popping out so many mouths to feed and diaper and clothe and blow-dry and transport?
A few folks have muttered about it, but population is the elephant in the room of environmental talk. Though it seems okay to point fingers at overpopulation in the developing world -- even Al Gore did it -- it's a taboo topic in the U.S., where our carbon footprint per head is exponentially bigger. Why not at least air the issue? (I'm talking informed personal choice here, not Brave New World; let me make that clear.)