Uzbek east suffers man-made famine [Uzbekistan]
Author: Sebastian Alison, Reuters, Published on: 22 March 2002
...The babies are among thousands of victims of an agricultural policy, fashioned by the Soviet Union and pursued enthusiastically by independent Uzbekistan, which is creating a desert, destroying the Aral Sea, poisoning land, and cutting harvests. And killing people. Cotton is the main culprit.