The Lumper of Ill Repute
This photo is of the lumper potato! 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
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).