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The Impact of the Potato. "It is remarkable that the same plant should be found on the sterile mountains of Central Chile, where a drop of rain does not fall for more than six months, and within the damp forests of the southern islands." . adaptability & nutritional value. Starch Vitamin C

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The impact of the potato

The Impact of the Potato


The impact of the potato

"It is remarkable that the same plant should be found on the sterile mountains of Central Chile, where a drop of rain does not fall for more than six months, and within the damp forests of the southern islands."


Adaptability nutritional value

adaptability & nutritional value

Starch

Vitamin C

Potassium

Fiber

supply every vital nutrient (except calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D)

easily-grown plant has the ability to provide more nutritious food faster on less land than any other food crop and in almost any habitat


Origin of the potato

Origin of the Potato

potato first cultivated in South America between three and seven thousand years ago, though scientists believe they may have grown wild in the region as long as 13,000 years ago

early Spanish chroniclers misused the Indian word batata (sweet potato) as the name for the potato


The potato s introduction

The Potato's Introduction

throughout Europe, potatoes were regarded with suspicion, distaste and fear

considered to be unfit for human consumption, used only as animal fodder and sustenance for the starving

peasants refused to eat from a plant that produced ugly, misshapen tubers and that had come from a heathen civilization

some felt that the potato plant's resemblance to plants in the nightshade (poisonous plant) family hinted that it was the creation of witches or devils


Potato population boom

Potato Population Boom

European diet expanded to include potatoes, not only were farmers able to produce much more food, they also gained protection against the catastrophe of a grain crop failure and periodic population checks caused by famine

highly nutritious potatoes also helped mitigate the effects of such diseases as scurvy, tuberculosis, measles and dysentery

higher birth rates and lower mortality rates potatoes encouraged led to a tremendous population explosion wherever the potato traveled


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