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UK: Unstable prices turn farmers into potato chip producers

Unstable prices for agriculture have turned two British farmers into potato chip producers. Childhood friends Rod Garnham and Ross Taylor drove tractors before they were 16 years old, but they had never made potato chips – not until four years ago. It costs Garnham and Taylor £140 ($210) to make a ton of potatoes. Two years ago, they were getting £600($900) per ton. These days, the price is one-sixth, at about £100 ($150) per ton. Prices are simply out of their control. Instability, Garnham says, is what drove them to turn their potatoes into gourmet potato chips, called Corkers Crisps.


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