I found no evidence that the United States has ever suffered from a major potato famine. The closest thing I could find is the fact that home gardens, as well as some commercial and organic farms with potatoes/tomatoes, are suffering from the same disease which caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840’s and 1850’s. The disease is known as “late blight,” and is mostly being controlled through fungicides, which makes it more difficult for organic farmers to deal with since they don’t use chemicals on their crops.
No. The reason there was an Irish Potato Famine is because the Irish relied heavily on potatoes; therefore, when the potatoes “caught” potato blight and died, the Irish people had no food alternatives. Americans haven’t ever really relied solely on potatoes; therefore, we’ve never experienced this type of potato famine.
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