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as many don green to celebrate st. patrick’s day, the truth about irish-americans has been lost to history books beyond the u.s. shores. occasionally, a mention of the potato famine will surface, but high school textbooks neglect the heartbreaking pain and misery, not to mention deaths, of millions of irish people that prompted them to migrate to american shores. former social studies teacher bill bigelow pointed out in common dreams that there’s no shortage of information and even study guides to teach students, yet the harrowing tales still remain untold. bigelow cites flat mentions of the “horrible disaster” the famine caused, saying that they’re describing it as an earthquake or another natural disaster. somehow it was nothing more than a blight.instead, textbooks are filled with only






u.s. approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes – the denver post


by keith ridler,the associated pressboise, idaho — three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced.the approval by the u.s. environmental protection agency and food and drug administration late last week gives idaho-based j.r. simplot co. permission to plant the potatoes this spring and sell them in the fall.the company said the potatoes contain only potato genes and that the resistance to late blight, the disease that caused the irish potato famine, comes from an argentine variety of potato that naturally produced a defense.there is no evidence that genetically modified organisms, known as gmos, are unsafe to eat, but changing the genetic code of foods presen






self-driving potato becomes man's best friend


at first glance, a potato doesn’t appear to have much pet potential, but with a little tech flair, engineer marek baczynski is proving the world’s tater haters wrong.he even gave his potato a name: pontus.sadly, pontus developed some self-destructive tendencies. at least he lived his life to the fullest, going where no potato has gone before.full story at youtube via gizmodo.strange pets. posted by kate rinsema






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the early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the feather river to grow grapes and orchards.edward mathews, an irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.during heavy rains, the yuba river would flow so hard into the...the early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the feather river to grow grapes and orchards.edward mathews, an irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.during heavy rains, the yuba river would flow so hard into the... (joe mozingo and phil willon)






damage to oroville's main spillway 'was an accident waiting to happen'


the early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the feather river to grow grapes and orchards.edward mathews, an irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.during heavy rains, the yuba river would flow so hard into the...the early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the feather river to grow grapes and orchards.edward mathews, an irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.during heavy rains, the yuba river would flow so hard into the... (joe mozingo and phil willon)






northern california braces for flooding; don pedro spillway opened


the early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the feather river to grow grapes and orchards.edward mathews, an irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.during heavy rains, the yuba river would flow so hard into the...the early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the feather river to grow grapes and orchards.edward mathews, an irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.during heavy rains, the yuba river would flow so hard into the... (joe mozingo and phil willon)






risk of famine grows


more than 20 million people in nigeria, south sudan, somalia and yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months. u.n. agencies and humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.






maine harvest festival will launch new potato variety


bangor, maine (ap) — this year’s maine harvest festival is also serving as a launch party for something mainers celebrate: a new potato.the caribou russet potato will be available at the festival, which is saturday and sunday at cross insurance center in bangor. the potato was made available to consumers for the first time at the same festival last year and organizers say it sold out quickly.the maine potato board says after this year’s harvest festival, the caribou russet will be available at supermarkets all over the state. it should be available by monday. the university of maine developed the caribou russet for fresh-market use as well as for processing.the harvest festival will also include 150 vendors along with contests and demonstrations.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $






potatoes growing in mars-like conditions


by steve spaleta | march 9, 2017 12:17pm et the mars potato project led by the international potato center (cip) conducted an experiment in which they attempted to grow the crop in an environment with simulated mars atmospheric conditions. "preliminary results are positive," according to cip. credit : courtesy of international potato center (cip)






horn of africa: mapping six months of hunger |


more than 20 million people face starvation in four countries and immediate action is needed to avert a humanitarian disaster, officials warn.famine was declared in two counties in south sudan last month and famine warnings were issued for somalia, nigeria, and yemen.somalia is at risk of its third famine in 25 years, the world health organization said last week. the last famine in the world was in somalia in 2011, which killed an estimated 260,000 people. this map outlines where hunger has hit hardest in the horn of africa, and where it will strike in the coming months.






un chief: world must act to avert famine in somalia | news


united nations secretary-general antonio guterres has arrived in somalia on an emergency visit aimed at drumming up support for an effort to avert a famine that could affect 6.2 million people.guterres said the world "must act now" after he arrived in the capital mogadishu.the world health organization (who) has warned there are just two months left to avert what would be somalia's third famine in 25 years. the last one, in 2011, killed nearly 260,000 people.the situation has become "significantly worse in the last six months," the un said on monday.read: explainer - what is a famine? last week, somalia's newly-elected president mohamed abdullahi mohamed declared a national disaster as the drought continued to ravage the country.. according to the who, more than 363,000 acutely malnourishe






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potatoes growing in mars-like conditions


by steve spaleta | march 9, 2017 12:17pm et the mars potato project led by the international potato center (cip) conducted an experiment in which they attempted to grow the crop in an environment with simulated mars atmospheric conditions. "preliminary results are positive," according to cip.colonizing mars is very risky, rover finds – from 'voyage of curiosity' - exclusive video credit : courtesy of international potato center (cip)






un: $4.4bn needed to prevent 'catastrophe' of famine | south sudan news


the united nations needs $4.4bn by the end of next month to prevent "a catastrophe" of hunger and famine in south sudan, nigeria, somalia and yemen, according to secretary-general antonio guterres.more than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, guterres told a news conference at un headquarters on wednesday."we need $4.4 billion by the end of march to avert a catastrophe," he said.who's to blame for famine in south sudan? – inside storyso far, the un has raised just $90m.south sudan on monday declared a famine in northern unity state while fews net, the famine early warning system, has said that some remote areas of northeast nigeria are already affected by starvation since late last year.the four famine alerts ar






un: $4.4bn needed to prevent 'catastrophe' of famine | south sudan news


the united nations needs $4.4bn by the end of next month to prevent "a catastrophe" of hunger and famine in south sudan, nigeria, somalia and yemen, according to secretary-general antonio guterres.more than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, guterres told a news conference at un headquarters on wednesday."we need $4.4 billion by the end of march to avert a catastrophe," he said.who's to blame for famine in south sudan? – inside storyso far, the un has raised just $90m.south sudan on monday declared a famine in northern unity state while fews net, the famine early warning system, has said that some remote areas of northeast nigeria are already affected by starvation since late last year.the four famine alerts ar






un: $4.4bn needed to prevent 'catastrophe' of famine | south sudan news


the united nations needs $4.4bn by the end of next month to prevent "a catastrophe" of hunger and famine in south sudan, nigeria, somalia and yemen, according to secretary-general antonio guterres.more than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, guterres told a news conference at un headquarters on wednesday."we need $4.4 billion by the end of march to avert a catastrophe," he said.who's to blame for famine in south sudan? – inside storyso far, the un has raised just $90m.south sudan on monday declared a famine in northern unity state while fews net, the famine early warning system, has said that some remote areas of northeast nigeria are already affected by starvation since late last year.the four famine alerts ar






famine declared in south sudan


nairobi, kenya—south sudan warned that more than 100,000 people were at risk of starvation and death, as it declared the world’s first famine since 2012 in parts of unity state. the united nations, which joined the south sudanese government in announcing the famine on monday, blamed the country’s economic collapse and the hunger crisis on...






south sudan no longer in famine, but situation is critical


juba, south sudan (ap) — south sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people — half the population — will face extreme food insecurity between june and july, according to reports by the government and the united nations released wednesday.south sudan’s famine was the first to be formally declared anywhere in the world since 2011’s crisis in somalia.the situation remains critical, according to reports by south sudan’s national bureau of statistics and the u.n.’s updated food and security analysis.“people are in a catastrophic situation,” said serge tissot of the food and agricultural organization.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.in february, south sudan declared two counties in unity






south sudan no longer in famine, but situation is critical


juba, south sudan — south sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people — half the population — will face extreme food insecurity between june and july, according to reports by the government and the united nations released wednesday.south sudan's famine was the first to be formally declared anywhere in the world since 2011's crisis in somalia.the situation remains critical, according to reports by south sudan's national bureau of statistics and the u.n.'s updated food and security analysis."people are in a catastrophic situation," said serge tissot of the food and agricultural organization.in february, south sudan declared two counties in unity state to be in famine. although those areas are still in criti






yemen and somalia 'months away' from famine | news


the world has as little as three months to save millions of people from famine in yemen and somalia, the international committee of the red cross said on wednesday.the medical charity needs $300m to bring emergency assistance to a total of five million people in yemen, somalia and northeast nigeria, as well as areas of south sudan where famine has already been declared.the funds will ensure that five of the 20 million people at risk of famine and starvation receive immediate and essential aid, said red cross director of operations dominik stillhart."food, water, shelter, and healthcare is required immediately," he said."we are on the ground and delivering aid in all four countries. we witness the massive suffering. millions of people are denied the very basics to survive." opinion: ending






potatoes can sprout in red planet environment, study suggests


potatoes may be able to feed real-life red planet explorers, just as they sustained fictional astronaut mark watney in the book and movie "the martian," an ongoing experiment suggests. on feb. 14, 2016, researchers at the international potato center in peru (known as cip, its spanish acronym) planted a potato tuber in a cubesat-size container that mimics martian temperatures and atmospheric conditions. the potato sprouted, as you can see in this time-lapse video. cip scientists characterized these preliminary results as "positive" and said they plan to perform more experiments. [how will a human mars base work? nasa's vision in images] "if the crops can tolerate the extreme conditions that we are exposing them to in our cubesat, they have a good chance to grow on mars," julio valdivia-silv






shady potato chips resellers appear in japan


[image: al_fun4]with select brands of popular japanese potato chips vanishing from store shelves, folks are hoping to cash in. advertisementas kotaku reported last week, panic buying began at some stores after snack makers said they were either suspending or ending potato chip production due to domestic spud shortages. this isn’t happening at every store (some are still fully stocked!), but it certainly is happening at a lot of them. moreover, not all brands are effected and thus, those chips remain widely available. the ones that are impacted—such as pizza potato, which won’t be produced anymore—are seeing a spike in online resale. advertisementadvertisementmany of these are bundles or boxes of bags. keep in mind that a bag of pizza potato is usually around 130 yen (us$1.20), but can go f






shady potato chip resellers appear in japan


[image: al_fun4]with select brands of popular japanese potato chips vanishing from store shelves, folks are hoping to cash in. advertisementas kotaku reported last week, panic buying began at some stores after snack makers said they were either suspending or ending potato chip production due to domestic spud shortages. this isn’t happening at every store (some are still fully stocked!), but it certainly is happening at a lot of them. moreover, not all brands are effected and thus, those chips remain widely available. the ones that are impacted—such as pizza potato, which won’t be produced anymore—are seeing a spike in online resale. advertisementadvertisementmany of these are bundles or boxes of bags. keep in mind that a bag of pizza potato is usually around 130 yen (us$1.20), but can go f






red hot potato masher vs. different objects


what you see is pretty much what you get in this video. it’s as straightforward as the title suggests: you get to watch a bunch of objects get smashed by a red hot potato masher. it’s oddly soothing.full story at youtube.more great vids. posted by josh urich






potato chips are vanishing in japan, panic buying begins


[image: ashuu_neruzumin]typhoons that hit hokkaido last august have resulted in a domestic spud shortage for japan. know what fewer potatoes means? fewer potato chips. and like that, the panic buying has begun.advertisementaccording to jiji, japanese snack companies calbee and koikeya are ceasing the sale of numerous potato chip products because of this shortage. japan today reports that starting april 15, calbee will no longer ship 18 potato chip snack varieties, and from april 22, it will temporarily suspend 15 more varieties, including its big bag lightly salted, which might be the country’s most iconic potato chip. calbee was hoping to use american imports during the shortage, but apparently cannot meet demand. japan today adds that calbee also said american potatoes aren’t up to snuff






un chief: world must act to avert famine in somalia | news


united nations secretary-general antonio guterres has arrived in somalia on an emergency visit aimed at drumming up support for an effort to avert a famine that could affect 6.2 million people.guterres said the world "must act now" after he arrived in the capital mogadishu.somalia's newly-elected president mohamed abdullahi mohamed met with the un chief on tuesday."my first priority is to address this drought crisis and my main priority is to make an appeal to the international community to help us," mohamed said. the world health organization (who) has warned there are just two months left to avert what would be somalia's third famine in 25 years. the last one, in 2011, killed nearly 260,000 people.the situation has become "significantly worse in the last six months," the un said on monda






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the mars potato project led by the international potato center (cip) conducted an experiment in which they attempted to grow the crop in an environment with simulated mars atmospheric conditions. "preliminary results are positive," according to cip.






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raising awareness about dine out for somalia in minneapolis on wednesday, march 29, 2017. somali-american restaurant owners in minnesota have decided to raise funds by donating a portion of their sales from april 7 directly to support famine relief efforts. nearly a million children could starve to death as famine conditions grip somalia, south sudan and nigeria. drought, made worse with political upheaval and war, has fueled a humanitarian crisis that threatens the lives of 20 million people.






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they’re washington’s official vegetable, and they’re in season right now. here’s why you should give them a try — especially raw and crunchy.some people are still mad about the whole washington state vegetable thing. seems that a vocal agricultural contingent agitated for it to be, of all things, the potato. sure, potatoes are great, but come on — idaho owns the potato, and everybody knows it. they’ve even formally claimed it, in case a million potato postcards, t-shirts and keychains weren’t sufficient. to try to wrest the potato from idaho’s hands — it’s a pr nightmare. also, potatoes are lumps covered in eyes. and while no one sane would deny the goodness of french fries, hash browns, potatoes gratin, vichyssoise, etc., these foods aren’t exactly thrilling.washington deserved better and






un chief: world must act to avert famine in somalia | news


united nations secretary-general antonio guterres has arrived in somalia on an emergency visit aimed at drumming up support for an effort to avert a famine that could affect 6.2 million people.guterres said the world "must act now" after he arrived in the capital mogadishu.somalia's newly-elected president mohamed abdullahi mohamed met with the un chief on tuesday."my first priority is to address this drought crisis and my main priority is to make an appeal to the international community to help us," mohamed said.the world health organization (who) has warned there are just two months left to avert what would be somalia's third famine in 25 years. the last one, in 2011, killed nearly 260,000 people.the situation has become "significantly worse in the last six months," the un said on monday






south sudan no longer in famine, but situation critical | south sudan news


south sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost two million people are on the brink of starvation, the country's government and the united nations said in reports.the un's food and agriculture organization (fao) and south sudan's national bureau of statistics said the situation remains critical, warning that an estimated six million people, half the population, will face extreme food shortages between june and july."people are in a catastrophic situation," said serge tissot, of fao.the country's government said its urgent response to the emergency situation averted a humanitarian catastrophe in the country."the government of south sudan has done tremendously well. and now south sudan has moved away from near famine in some parts of the country to food insecurity," ateny wek ateny, so






south sudan no longer in famine, but situation critical | south sudan news


south sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost two million people are on the brink of starvation, south sudan's government and the united nations said in reports.the un's food and agriculture organization (fao) and south sudan's national bureau of statistics said the situation remains critical, warning that an estimated six million people, half the population, will face extreme food insecurity between june and july."people are in a catastrophic situation," said serge tissot, of fao.the country's government said its urgent response to the emergency situation averted a humanitarian catastrophe in the country."the government of south sudan has done tremendously well. and now south sudan has moved away from near famine in some parts of the country to food insecurity," ateny wek ateny, s






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image credit: pixel baya recent study published in the american journal of clinical nutrition found that eating french fries, or other fried potato products, can increase your risk of death. for the study, researchers looked at home a group of 4.400 people between the ages of 45 and 79 that were eating their spuds over the course of eight years. by the end of the study, 236 people had passed away, and they were mostly the french fry eaters.while one could argue that the people chowing down on fries twice a week were probably making some other unhealthy choices in their life (and i’m in no way about to walk away from one of my favorite foods), if you’ve stocked up on potatoes to make fries for dinner every night, you might be better served dialing things back to just once a week and using t






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image credit: pixel baya recent study published in the american journal of clinical nutrition found that eating french fries, or other fried potato products, can increase your risk of death. for the study, researchers looked at home a group of 4.400 people between the ages of 45 and 79 that were eating their spuds over the course of eight years. by the end of the study, 236 people had passed away, and they were mostly the french fry eaters.while one could argue that the people chowing down on fries twice a week were probably making some other unhealthy choices in their life (and i’m in no way about to walk away from one of my favorite foods), if you’ve stocked up on potatoes to make fries for dinner every night, you might be better served dialing things back to just once a week and using t






un chief arrives on emergency visit to somalia for famine


mogadishu, somalia — united nations secretary-general antonio guterres has landed in somalia on what he calls an emergency visit to focus on famine.the u.n. chief announced his tuesday morning arrival in the horn of africa nation on twitter, saying that "people are dying. the world must act now to stop this."somalia is part of a massive $4 billion aid appeal launched last month for four nations suffering from conflict and hunger. the others are nigeria, yemen and south sudan, where famine already has been declared.somalia over the weekend announced its first death toll since declaring a national disaster last week, saying 110 people had died in a 48-hour period in a single region.the united nations estimates that 5 million people in somalia need aid, amid warnings of a famine.






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