Breeding, Studies/Reports, Sustainability, Trends

The environmental benefits of potato breeding

On World Environment Day (June 5), potato breeding company HZPC highlighted the benefits of breeding on yield, carbon footprint and water use. An extra 10 million tons of potatoes every year are grown by EU farmers thanks to potato breeding over the past 15 years. That’s more than the annual potato output of the whole of Poland, and means the EU can export potatoes instead of importing them. Today’s European potato harvests would be 20% lower and 7% more expensive for consumers without the last 15 years of plant breeding advances. And 60% of the growth in potato harvests can be attributed to plant breeding. Plant breeding has enabled EU farmers to save nearly 55bn m3 of water since 2000 (all food – not just potatoes). That is the same as 22 million Olympic swimming pools. More

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