1938 October 8

Birth Control Blamed For Low Citrus Prices – Seriously


A University of California agriculture specialist on this day blamed birth control for low prices for citrus crop. The problem of overproduction and resulting low prices of these products, he told a meeting of 150 growers and packers, was “largely due to a lack of population increase;” in short, birth control. In fact, the birth rate had fallen during the Great Depression as married couples understandably postponed having children because of the economy. News reports in the mid to late 1930s carried many stories about concern over the lack of population growth and its impact on the economy.

Learn about the history of birth control:  http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/companion.asp?id=18&compID=53

Read: Linda Gordon, The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in America, 3rd ed. (2007)

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