that sounds pretty weird, if you look what actually happened.
they deliberately arranged so that they were running out of food, what they did with the food is not related to that. in fact, they would have been better equipped to get industrialized without the famine.
and hungry industrial workers were needed to survive wwII?? industrial workers were required, but also the men were sent to the fronts, having nothing to do with that class of people being created from peasantry dying in masses due to famine.
and most importantly of course there were areas where people weren't dying from lack of food during the famine that was "everywhere". and no offence but people on gulags of course experienced famine, no matter where the gulag was - they were put there to experience famine!