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date: 11 July 2020

famine 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Food
Author(s):
Tom JaineTom Jaine

occurs when food runs out, causing hunger, malnutrition, and ultimately death. It is an extreme, rather than endemic condition. Were it endemic the victims would either die or make other arrangements regarding their food supply. Of course, some groups live at a lower nutritional level than others, with tremendous consequences on their life expectancy, stature, and general condition, but to call their state one of famine would alter the meaning of the word. There are many different reasons for famine. The most obvious cause may be harvest failure, from tempest, pestilence, ... ...

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