"Gwyneth Paltrow got one. Julia Roberts got one. Jennifer Lopez is praying for one. What is this hot new fashion accessory among the chic and fabulous? A baby," writes Dave Roberts.

"Here at Treehugger, however, we don't give any accessory a free pass, not even cute, gurgly accessories. So let us ask: Is having a baby part of a sustainable lifestyle? The committed environmentalist of the old school might respond with a knee-jerk No. There are, after all, already too many people on the planet. In particular, the world doesn't much need another Westerner. For its current population to live sustainably, each of the world's people should be using roughly the resource equivalent of 4.5 biologically productive acres. For the average U.S. citizen, that number is 24...

...I'm lowering my footprint all the time, and I'll raise my child to do the same. He will model sustainable behavior, talk to other people about it, and do good work that advances the cause. In his ripple effect he will lower humanity's total impact on the world more than he increases it.

A child is not a product. A child is a life, a future, a nexus of relationships and forces that reach far beyond what can be calculated simply by weighing food and counting diapers...Get thee to thine boudoir and create them!"

Now read the comments and let the debate begin... (Treehugger)

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