Episode 26 – The history of the potato

Posted: 20 June 2022 | | No comments yet

The New Food editorial team take you on another historical journey – this time to 1800s Ireland as they seek to find out what caused the potato famine and ask whether it could have been prevented.

Bethan and Josh give you another history lesson – this time on one of the world’s most loved crops. They interview Professor Cormac Ó Gráda to find out more about the Great Irish Famine of the 19th Century.

When the potato crop failed in the mid 1800s, the results were catastrophic. New Food’s editorial duo learn more about why the famine happened, what the consequences of it were and ask whether anything could have been done differently to prevent so many dying of starvation and malnutrition in 19th Century Ireland. 

They also ponder the great food security challenges of today and consider whether unrest is perhaps not too far away as food prices continue to skyrocket. 

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