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In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal, in which he suggested that the impoverished Irish would benefit from selling their children as food to the rich. As Swift wrote:
I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.