Cormac Ó Gráda on Food, Famines and Diseases: A Long History of Dearth and Mortality

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Abstract

In this interview, Cormac Ó Gráda recalls how he arrived at the topic of famine, starting from economics and the historical Irish case, and how, later on, he started working the subject in other geographic areas. At the same time, Ó Gráda defines the concept of famine, shares his opinion concerning the debate over the causes of famine throughout history (nature vs. society), and identifies some of its effects on population, such as mortality or related diseases. He discusses the long-term effects on health and how food-related diseases have evolved. As for the future, the scholar mentions the prospect of food shortages in coming decades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-217
Number of pages13
JournalLer História
Issue number76
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • disease
  • Ireland
  • food
  • famine

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