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The POTATO was illegal in France!


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Potatoes were illegal in France for 24 years. In 1748 the French Parliament forbade the cultivation of the potato on the grounds that it was thought to cause leprosy. This law remained in effect until 1772. Potatoes were decriminalized thanks to Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, who proposed that potatoes should be used to nourish dysenteric patients.

 

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