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Did You Know That 30-45 Million Chinese Were Starved to Death Nearly 50 Years Ago?

Chinese Communists prevailed in the Chinese civil war in part because they won the promised equitable land redistribution and an end to famine. But in 1958-61, their agricultural policies created the worst famine in human history.

In October 1955, Mao Tse-Tung ordered Chinese peasants to be organized into collectives. Tens of millions of former farmers were ordered to mine local deposits of iron ore and limestone in an attempt to increase steel production. In 1956 grain yields fell by up to 40 percent. Mao then ordered farmers to begin practices that decimated Chinese agriculture, including:

  • Close planting -- Farmers were ordered to massively increase the number of seeds they planted. As a result, few seedlings survived.
  • Extreme pest control measures -- Sparrows were considered a pest, and their population was decimated. But with the decline in the sparrow population, the insect population exploded.
  • Leaving land fallow -- Farmers were told to leave at least one-third of their land fallow.
The predictable results soon followed -- famine on a scale never before seen. The death toll was so large that until very recently many had dismissed the claims of Chinese refugees as exaggerations. Estimates are that anywhere from 30 million to 45 million deaths were caused by the famine.

British Medical Journal 319: 1619-1621


Overpopulation.com December 4, 2006

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

If you were like me, you probably were completely unaware that so many millions of people died from starvation in Chinanearly 50 years ago. In addition to the ill-conceived policies,  local officials falsely reported large crop yields.

The result: More than 30 million starved to death, and the country plunged into an economic depression. In the aftermath, CCP propagandists rationalized the calamity as a "natural disaster." No disasters, however, were recorded at the time.

The worst thing that happened during the famine, according to someone who lived through it: "Parents would decide to allow the old and the young to die first. They thought they could not afford to let their sons die, but a mother would say to her daughter, You have to go and see your granny in heaven."

The Chinese stopped giving the female children food, and instead gave them merely water, the survivor continued "Then, they would swap the bodies of their daughters with that of a neighbor's. About five to seven women would agree to do this among themselves. Then, they boiled the corpses into a kind of soup. People had learned to do this during the famine of the 1930s.

People accepted this as it was a kind of hunger culture."

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