May 21st, 2013

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  • rekre8

Potatoes or corn?

They say here they identified the cause of the Irish Potato Famine.
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/cause-irish-potato-famine-has-been-discovered

I disagree. They may have found the pathogen that caused the potatoes to blight, but the cause of this famine was that an entire island (over)population was nutritionally dependent on a single plant, and one that wasn't native to it's soils.

If the US had a 3 year corn blight (and let's include both organic and Monsanto varieties), would we starve?

Alternatively, what do you prefer your chips to be made of?