Column: Potato Famine: The Dangers of Planting a Single Crop

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Potato Famine: The Dangers of Planting a Single Crop

Snippet: The general belief is the potato famine that gripped Ireland between 1846 and 1851 claimed the lives of more than one million people. Experts however who grapple with numbers and census records have increased that figure and estimate that more than 1.5 million individuals perished. Approximately one million additional souls were either forced from their homes or left willingly and headed to destinations such as England, Scotland, Canada and the United States.

Several factors caused what some Irish refer to as “Britain’s Genocide by Starvation” and “Ireland’s Holocaust”. Politics, poverty, ethnic origin, severe winter weather and religion all played a part, but the major reason was the dependence on a single crop. Today this is called monocropping, the practice of growing the same crop year after year.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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