The Great Leap Forward is now widely seen both within China and outside as a major economic disaster. As inflated statistics reached planning authorities, orders were given to divert human resources into industry rather than agriculture. Various Western and Eastern sources put the death toll at about 30 million people, with the majority of the deaths owed to starvation.
Wednesday, October 19
About 30 million starved to death
EnviroSpin Watch offers a 'Premier League Table of Deaths from Natural and Semi-natural Causes', but although he relies on Wikipedia, omits the world's most disastrous famine. The following is part of the Wikipedia entry for Great Leap Forward: