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Agricultural Catastrophe: China’s Great Sparrow Campaign

The Great Sparrow Campaign was a campaign in China in the late 1950s to eliminate sparrows. It was part of Mao Zedong’s Four Pests Campaign, which also targeted rats, mosquitoes, and flies. Mao believed that sparrows were pests that ate grain and spread disease. The campaign was very successful in killing sparrows. However, it soon […]