From: sr on
A statement was made on the PBS program that the Irish economy thrived
because of the potato ;that, the Irish had the full nutritional diet with
just the potato and milk ! Wow, cheap enough!


From: Rod Speed on
sr wrote

> A statement was made on the PBS program that the Irish economy thrived because of the potato

In fact its much more complicated than that and the english
continued to export grain grown there even when the irish
were starving during the potato blight famine.

> ;that, the Irish had the full nutritional diet with just the potato and milk ! Wow, cheap enough!

Yeah, and easy to grow potatoes yourself too.

Not sure you really need the milk to have
an adequate diet, particularly for adults.

I do eat quite a few potatoes, but always as veg with meat.

But then I'm rolling in it and can eat anything I like.

Rice is pretty cheap too, except when its price has spiked due to drought etc.


From: Zuke on
On Thu, 29 Oct 2009, Rod Speed wrote:

> sr wrote
>
>> A statement was made on the PBS program that the Irish economy thrived because of the potato
>
> In fact its much more complicated than that and the english
> continued to export grain grown there even when the irish
> were starving during the potato blight famine.
>
>> ;that, the Irish had the full nutritional diet with just the potato and milk ! Wow, cheap enough!
>
> Yeah, and easy to grow potatoes yourself too.
>
> Not sure you really need the milk to have
> an adequate diet, particularly for adults.
>
> I do eat quite a few potatoes, but always as veg with meat.
>
> But then I'm rolling in it and can eat anything I like.
>
> Rice is pretty cheap too, except when its price has spiked due to drought etc.
>

That PBS show is based on a great book called "The Botany of Desire".

From: Rod Speed on
Zuke wrote
> Rod Speed wrote
>> sr wrote

>>> A statement was made on the PBS program that the Irish economy thrived because of the potato

>> In fact its much more complicated than that and the english
>> continued to export grain grown there even when the irish
>> were starving during the potato blight famine.

>>> that, the Irish had the full nutritional diet with just the potato and milk ! Wow, cheap enough!

>> Yeah, and easy to grow potatoes yourself too.

>> Not sure you really need the milk to have
>> an adequate diet, particularly for adults.

>> I do eat quite a few potatoes, but always as veg with meat.

>> But then I'm rolling in it and can eat anything I like.

>> Rice is pretty cheap too, except when its price has spiked due to drought etc.

> That PBS show is based on a great book called "The Botany of Desire".

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=tsx9xvkhqEQC

Thanks for that.


From: frater mus on
On Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:58:45 -0400, sr wrote:

> A statement was made on the PBS program that the Irish economy thrived
> because of the potato ;that, the Irish had the full nutritional diet
> with just the potato and milk ! Wow, cheap enough!

In college I dated a vegetarian grrrl who ate, basically, only baked
potatoes and Miller Lite.

She was a little strange.



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