Countries throughout the world use varying methods to control the population, including reducing infant mortality, changing women's status, contraception, sterilization, abstinence, abortion and legislation. The cultural and religious beliefs of a community may influence the methods they use.
Nations like the United States do not talk much about population control because they have the ability to feed everyone in the country. However, some places like parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America have large pockets of starvation and poverty because the areas do not produce adequate amounts of food. These nations may discuss population control as a means to try and lessen the burden of poverty and food scarcity.