One of the most common causes of population wide malnutrition is the indifference of governments or a deliberate plan by governments to use food as a political weapon.
One good example of this was the policy introduced by Stalin in the 1920s. The successful plan allowed starvation in the Ukraine in order to bring the protesting peasants into control through starving millions to death.
This State tyranny has been followed in the extermination camps of the Nazis and elsewhere.
In the report of the Solidarity Peace Trust reported in Medicine, Conflict and Survival 2007, vol 23, 153-171, similar tactics are being followed in Africa by the Zimbabwe. The use of food as a political weapon.
This method of subjugating populations still goes on.
- Martin Eastwood