The Irish Potato Famine, which killed thousands of people and caused millions to emigrate in the 1840s, was caused by reliance on one kind of potato -- the lumper!-- that turned out to be vulnerable to a fungus that grew in a damp spell. The fungus killed all of Ireland's potatoes. The story of the lumper is a great one to remind us to support a variety of food grown with real seeds that are rich in genetic diversity in order to avoid such disasters. Besides, the lumper isn't even that tasty! - Eco-Fail! Buy heirlooms instead!
--Annie, with lumpers from her heirloom gardener friend Amy Goldman