Another claim that it takes roughly a bazillion dollars to raise a child:
Who are these people? I've got kids and it's not nearly that expensive. Of course, we don't believe in paying for college... shuttling kids off to daycare... making regular trips to the doctor/dentist... buying videogame systems and cell phones... paying for a teenager's car expenses etc. etc. etc. We've chosen a life of voluntary simplicity and from my vantage point, it's a heck of a lot more stable (and cheap) than the rat race most find themselves in.
And... of course... we grow a good bit of our food. That right there saves plenty. Our kids are happy, healthy, well-behaved and pick their own salad greens throughout the day.
If those of us who believe in caring for the earth and revolutionizing agriculture fail to raise a next generation that will do the same, our efforts will fail. Because there are always plenty of WalMart People willing to go with the status quo (that is... until their EBT cards are cut off...).