The Great Sparrow - part II

The scientists had autopsied the digestive systems of dead sparrows and found that most of the contents were harmful insects and just a tiny fraction was human food. All the evidence suggested a sparrow was actually a beneficial bird for humans. By April 1960, Chinese leaders realized that sparrows also ate a large amount of insects when rice yields after the campaign were substantially decreased due to the increase of insects. Chairman Mao ordered the end of the campaign against sparrows, replacing them with bedbugs. However, it was already too late. With no sparrows to eat the locust populations, the country was soon swarmed. During the crisis an estimated two billion sparrows throughout the China had fallen. Read more about the Great Sparrow campaign...

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