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To come up with the emission per child, the original source Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals Global Environmental Change Volume 19, Issue 1, February 2009, pages 14-20, is considering an infinite series. In other words, having one child results in all the lifetime emission of said child, plus all that child's descendants' emissions. ...


Note: I'm posting this as an answer, even though it does not address the question asked directly, because it is too long to be a comment and I think it makes an important point. There are a few important flaws in this statement: [..]dozens people I know do not supplement their food with anything, and they do not appear to be having symptoms of any ...

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