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What was the average consumption of potatoes per person in Ireland before the great potato famine of 1845?

Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland
Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland

“The average consumption of potatoes per person in Ireland
[before the great potato famine of 1845]
was almost 8 lbs / day . . . and sometimes [potatoes were] the sole source of energy. . . .”

(Jeremy MacVeigh, International Cuisine, Delmar Cengage, 2009, p. 147)

And the problems following the Great Potato Famine were
one of the first wake-up calls
about the problems of monoculture and dependence on a single major species.

 

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