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That's a bit of a simplification - like saying that "Canada sends ALL its wheat out of the country" There was food to BUY - AND the government did ship maize in bulk to Ireland as bulk famine relief.Apparently the wealthy English absentee landowners were shipping out all the grains as well?
BTW...I wouldn't be so sure...There also didn't seem to be a problem feeding the crofters in the Highlands in the same period who were just as dependant on the potato as a foodstuff
The Clearances are often looked at out of context; the Wiki article brings it all nicely back into one place if I remember my high school history....As in Ireland, the potato crop failed in the mid 19th century, and a widespread outbreak of cholera further weakened the Highland population. The ongoing clearance policy resulted in starvation, deaths, and a secondary clearance, when families either migrated voluntarily or were forcibly evicted. There were many deaths of children and old people. As there were few alternatives, many people emigrated, joined the British army, or moved to the growing urban cities, like Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee in Lowland Scotland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Liverpool in the north of England. In many areas people were given economic incentives to move, but few historians dispute that in many instances landlords used violent methods