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Saturday Critters – Under umbrella

It is amazing how many wonderful things are found in nature. It is important to have eyes to see them! Looking at them how cute they are, I wonder how it was possible someone orders  extermination of sparrows. I remember  I read about Mao Zedong’s campaign against sparrows! The reason was  hilarious. The sparrow were considered the main culprits of poverty and lack of food in the country because they ate too much grain. Tens of millions of sparrow have been killed. As nature does not leave the brutal intervention of people unpunished, China soon began to feel the locusts invasion. With no birds to control them, their  attack was one of the causes of the great famine in China in 1959-1961 when millions of people died from food shortages. It was a real  environmental disasters, and the consequences are known until today, when this little bird is almost missing from the landscape.

  • Human intervention in nature can produce environmental disasters, agree?

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Written by Ileana Calotescu

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  1. It is important not to disturb the balance of Nature. Sometimes locusts will get out of control without human intervention. This case in the early 1960’s was manufactured by the humans killing of the sparrows, I hope that we have learned our lesson. But maybe not. . .

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