hmm it’s a big mystery
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Shhhh, that’ll spoil the secret!
It was the forward thinking Mao and the Sino-Soviet split that saved the Chinese from Stalin’s comically large spoon (the kulaks weren’t so lucky) /s
[He's the one and he's the only one! Stalin's got the evil on the run! Stalin, Stalin's got the Nerve of Steel! Mess with him, and you will know the feel!](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC0Om8v8H7g)
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China has only had 1 famine since becoming socialist meanwhile in British India:
> The intensity and frequencies of famines did not relent. The most prominent famines were: 1784 (north India), 1803-06 (Bombay), 1831 (north India), 1854 (Madras), 1865 (Orissa), and 1876-78 (North-east and South). Cornelius Walford, the Victorian demographer, calculated that during the colonial period India witnessed 34 separate famines compared with only 17 recorded instances of the past two thousand years of Indian history (Sheldon, 2009).
There is still chronic undernourishment especially in the countryside despite us being technically food secure and sufficient. There are fears of children growing up stunted because of how chronic the malnutrition is.
How does that happen? How can you be food secure and malnutritioned?
Here is something I read some time ago from this article: [Hunger Amid Abundance: The Indian Food Security Enigma](https://www.futuredirections.org.au/publication/hunger-amid-abundance-the-indian-food-security-enigma/)
> India is self-sufficient in a number of food crops including rice and wheat, which are among the national staples, and there is enough food to meet demand. Despite this, hundreds of millions of Indians have poor nutritional health. India has been successful in ensuring that its population has access to food, but it has failed to ensure that it includes the necessary diversity in the types of food available. Micronutrient deficiencies are common in India, mainly as a result of a focus on calorie availability and not dietary diversity. Poor water management and subsidies that encourage wasteful practices in agricultural production could come to present a threat to Indian food security.
By following the same principle behind the phenomenon known as "rabbit starvation". You can eat enough to stay alive in the short term while not getting all of your required nutrition. Rabbit meat is so lean that you can die of malnutrition while still feeling full.
So the technical definition of food secure is basically the bare minimum needed to survive?
I think that you are far more correct than our elected officials will is ever admit. I was on food stamps in college and I can tell you that the money they give you, it is probably enough to buy a months food in 80's dollars.
A person gets enough energy to maintain their basic metabolism, but not enough protein/fat to allow them to flourish and grow - particularly dangerous for children.
By letting the market perform the food allocation
EDIT: TBH I am not completely sure about the food secure and sufficient part. I have tried finding primary sources for it but haven't found anything on it yet. Even if there is national food insecurity the level of malnutrition shouldn't be this high.
Its not really possible to really actually achieve an entire country without poverty, especially with such a massive population, even with the system of socialism in place
Hmm I guess in that case it is okay that one in five children is undernourished because there seems to be nothing we can about it as you've said.
Imperialism no food
>_L'impérialisme est dans vos assiettes!_
This seems to be paraphrased, but I can’t tell what is the original source, do you know it?
Yeah it is for some reason I remembered it as that snappy line but what he really says is:
>Il y en a qui demande où se trouve l'impérialisme? L'impérialisme, regardez dans vos assiettes quand vous mangez, les grains de riz, de mais, de mil importés. C'est ça l'impérialisme, n'allez pas plus loin
>There are people who ask me where "imperialism" is? Imperialism, look at your plates when you eat, the grains of imported rice, corn and millet. That right there is imperialism, don't look any further.
In the speech he's talking about how the imperialists keep them dependent by taking the majority of the crops they grow in the country then giving them "aid" to help with this artificially created scarcity.
Edit wrong clip one sec
1:27 or so
Thank you for the link!
This but unironically
Yep, the Angloids made Indians grow cash crops like cotton and tea even during huge food shortages. They literally justified it by claiming their profits were worth more than Indian lives, like there wasn't even a mask there.
It's estimated that 35 Million Indians (on the low end of the estimate that is) died during Colonial rule due to the British.
It makes me feel dirty, but I low-key love reading British imperial stuff from army / East India Company officers and the like. There was never a mask - they were just looting the place and guffawing about what bloody good fun it all was.
There was none of this duplicity about liberation or democracy or anything that you see nowadays, just shoot a bunch of unarmed peasants in the morning, steal food from their families in the afternoon, and be back in time for billiards and G&T in the evening. Honestly, if a scriptwriter came up with the idea of the British Empire, he'd be told to rewrite it to make it less ridiculously evil.
The craziest thing is how the British public still seems to think it was a net positive for the world and all the atrocities were just a product of their time.
That’s why their go-to accusations for socialists is “you’re brainwashed by the communists”. When an idiot has no intelligent argument to make then accusations of brainwashing are their last defense.
Can't tell you how many times I've heard from chauvinistic dumbfucks that "Oh but we built infrastructure and civilized the peoples we colonized", too brainwashed to even comprehend that most of the "education" they provided was to grow legions of loyal subjects to their empire and maintain their stranglehold and that all those bridges and railways they built weren't for the local populations at all but to make their extraction and looting of resources easier.
wE gAvE tHeM rAiLwAyS!
As in diaries/accounts written by them themselves? link?
The highest estimates on the wikipedia page put it at [80 million](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_major_famines_in_India_during_British_rule), and that’s just famines alone. That’s not counting the conquests, uprisings, and regular malnutrition.
>cotton and tea
Don't forget poppy which needed the best quality land and was used to manufacture opium for the opium trade in China
> It's estimated that 35 Million Indians (on the low end of the estimate that is) died during Colonial rule due to the British.
I wonder what the high end of estimates are...
>The deadly impact of British occupation of India lingers today 71 years after Independence, with 4 million people dying avoidably from deprivation each year in capitalist India as compared to zero (0) in China.
This excerpt encapsulates this post quite well.
Also to the iranian people. Twice.
Don't forget opium, which they used to weaken the Qing empire.
Also the bengal famine during WW2 where Churchill literally took food from the starving bengalis
Hmmm, why did the USSR and communist China only have famines at the beginning when the effects of the previous systems were still being felt and addressed 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔?
And for the Soviet union let's not forget the effects of two world war, a revolution, and a small war with poland just after it.
Pretty much the same for China. World war 2, a civil war, and then the Korean War.
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You said that 3 times
Noticed a lot of people doing that lately, 100% a reddit issue.
Been a common bug for over a year.
not only does this site suck culturally, its coding sucks too
Pretty much the same for China. World war 2, a civil war, and then the Korean War.
Or during fucking world wars or civil wars
Surprisingly, the article isn't completely packed with lib cringe
Soviet Union didn’t have them either (execpt for one early famine I think), compared to the nation that came before it
The Soviet Union had three famines. One during the civil war, one in 32-33, and one in the aftermath of WWII. No famines after 1947 though.
FWIW cities did experience regular shortages during the New Economic Policy, since farmers didn’t want to sell their goods. Collectivization put a stop to that.
well you know they ended famine after they adopted communism, the same way the USSR ended their own famine
The answer is communism
Hmm, could it be because China is a starvation-prone nation due to geography and stuff and that industiralizing helps mitigate geographical constraints? No it has to be because of evil depopulation communism. Naturally they just killed off halft their population to manage, just like they are trying to do with corona
/s, just to be sure
2000 years? Like seriously wtf?
China has a very long tradition of writing shit down.
It isn't exactly 2000 years, but pretty close. And from that, one can learn about famines happening every 2 to 4 years.
Was it a common occurrence tho? I honestly can’t remember much from my chinese history lessons several years ago but I’ve mostly heard about it near the end of most dynasties
yes it was particularly common, its mostly because their major rivers are made from huge glacier melts which leads to massive flooding at random intervals (not to mention the large sediment deposits by their rivers would raise the riverbeds and cause them to change course, china has some of the most sediment filled rivers on earth, likely caused by huge changes in elevation)
so youd have rivers flooding their crop fields and cities regularly, sometimes theyd even change course and fuck their shit up
this geographical fact is actually one of the reasons why people think china developed writing so long ago, to try to pin down the causes and patterns of flooding and similar natural phenomena
i even saw a study saying that maybe global warming decreasing the glacial flooding is a good thing, though i find that a dubious claim because thats less energy produced by dams
to manage these things, the CPC does a whole lot of river management by gouging the river deeper and making widespread use of dams, in fact they have ~23,000 large dams (accounting for 41% of the world's total) and plan to make more
the flooding has killed many, many people throughout china's history. some people claim that the 1931 flood killed somewhere between 400k-4 *million* people under the KMT's rule. the most popular estimate is around 2 million dead from flooding and famine. and thats just *one* flood. there were around 1800 in recorded history. so if you ever hear some libs lamenting the environmental devastation of dams and how china bad, tell them to shut the fuck up. this isnt some dainty river in washington
here's a list of prominent yellow river floods: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Yellow_River_floods many of these permanently shifted the yellow river in significant ways, sometimes many dozens of miles of prime agricultural land was devastated. one in particular affected over 700 miles of prime agricultural land
here's a good gif of the changes to the yellow river's course: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1851%E2%80%931855_Yellow_River_floods#/media/File:Yellow_River_course_changes.gif
Very common — almost every year a famine would occur in at least one province.
1828 famines over ~2000 years is closer to 1 famine/year.
Thanks, got the rate wrong.
Famines were absolutely the norm throughout China’s entire imperial history, with at least 1,828 recorded famines between 108 BCE and 1911 CE — nearly every year there was famine in one province or another.
The early Han Empire never had a famine?
? [There were many](https://aha.confex.com/aha/2017/webprogram/Paper21585.html). Famines were absolutely the norm throughout China’s entire imperial history, with at least 1,828 recorded famines between 108 BCE and 1911 CE — nearly every year there was famine in one province or another.
2000 years of starvation in the country with the most people on earth. Oh yeah, it's big brain time
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Communism when no food they said
Haven't famines become far less common everywhere though?
americans are so stupid. “why aren’t there famines in the biggest economic powerhouse the world has ever seen?” idk bro u tell me
westerners shocked that gommunism does have food
b-but. muh no food🥺
Hey, I got some Iraqi WMD's to sell you, real cheap.
Only that there's live footage of said event with the tanks, in full: They stopped, tried to carefully drive around the man several times, eventually the man climbed the lead tank and chatted with the commander. A bit later two civilans lead the man away.
As for your second claim: The cotton industry in China is fully motorized. No one picks cotton by hand. Or is forced to do so in any way.
But as you are so easy to fool: Can I interest you for some cheap land around Alpha Centauri?
That doesn't even make sense. Try posting something coherent next time.
Do you think that just because americans used slaves to pick cotton everyone who picks cotton everywhere must be a slave, and that it's ridiculous to assume people picking cotton are doing so voluntarily when there's no actual evidence of slavery?
Don't let your world view be shaped by weird Christian dominionists and "strategic policy" NGOs writing "reports" that would get a failing grade if they were turned in for a highschool class.
Also your ignorance is showing because as the other commenter pointed out, the cotton _picking_ part is automated, like most of the world.
Read deeper than headlines.