Watch this video to see how potatoes are harvested. Read more to discover different potato products and why YOU should eat a potato!
With over 4,000 varieties1 to choose from, the potato is a family favourite. But, don’t eat green potatoes because they can make you sick – rather cut green parts of the skin off before cooking and eating.
Eat a Potato:
“Potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, which makes them a good source of energy. They are have high content of vitamin C and potassium, and protein that is well matched to human needs.
Another reason is that potatoes are easy to grow even in harsh environments. They also produce a lot of food very quickly from a small area of land. Because they grow under the ground, potatoes are also less prone to damage than other crops” (FAO, 2008) 1.
Here are a few examples of what 1 acre of potatoes could potentially produce and a few benefits for using this crop:
- French fries –110,000 cups of French Fries/Finger Chips
- Biodegradable, disposable plates – Potato starch is a 100% biodegradable so a great substitute for plastic. 80% of the plate is made from potatoes and the rest is other crops like soy2, 3
- Fuel-grade ethanol – Potato peel and other “zero value” wastes from potato processing are rich in starch that can be liquefied and fermented. One acre produces around 2,045 litres of fuel-grade ethanol
Assumption: Yield is roughly 44,000 lbs per acre or roughly 20 tonnes (1 pound of potatoes is equal to 3-4 medium white potatoes or 2.5 cups French fries) 4, 5 44,000 tonnes of processing waste could produce 4 to 5 million litres of ethanol) so 20 tonnes makes 2,045 litres of fuel-grade ethanol6
1 FAO (2008). Potato Facts. http://www.fao.org/potato-2008/en/kids/index.html
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