By Joseph R. Lansberry
In The Moment
From 1845 to 1855 in Ireland, the peasant potato farmers experienced a water mold that led to fatal illness if eaten. This mold, Phytophthora Infestans, caused land lords to evict many of the farmers out to the streets--due to not being able to sell their potatoes--where over 1 million starved and died. The British government would not step in and help the unfortunate farmers; in fact, there was plenty of other food to be eaten however they gave it to the rich believing that the farmers had brought the famine upon themselves for being considered a lazy race.