Crossword Genius

If mean, can lead to starvation (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

famine

Here is my best explanation:

'starvation' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'if mean can' is the wordplay.
'can' is an anagram indicator (I've seen 'canned' mean this (canned can mean drunk)).
'if'+'mean'='ifmean'
'ifmean' with letters rearranged gives 'FAMINE'.

'lead to' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard