Mao's War against Nature? The Environmental Impact of the Grain-First Campaign in China

@article{Ho2003MaosWA,
  title={Mao's War against Nature? The Environmental Impact of the Grain-First Campaign in China},
  author={P. Ho},
  journal={The China Journal},
  year={2003},
  pages={37 - 59}
}
  • P. Ho
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • The China Journal
It is generally assumed that agricultural policies in Maoist China – in particular through mass movements – have led to grave ecological destruction. The movement believed to have had the most catastrophic outcome is the “Grain-first campaign”, which allegedly urged farmers to cultivate as much grain as possible. It is said that in the arid, pastoral areas indiscriminate reclamation led to desertification and a dramatic drop in livestock numbers. However, this article demonstrates that there is… Expand
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