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Organic farming ‘key to carbon neutrality’, report finds

Organic farming and other forms of agroecological agriculture can make a major contribution to the Paris Agreement target of keeping global warming below 2°C, a new report has found. The study by French think-tank IDDRI, entitled Agroecology and carbon neutrality: what are the issues?, looks at how climate mitigation strategies often rely on intensifying food production, proposing to increase yields to free up land[Read[Read More…]

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‘Ecommerce is growing in importance for McCain Foods,’ says ecommerce lead

McCain Foods has selected ecommerce analytics provider e.fundamentals to help drive sales of its products through retailers’ websites. Nick Sultanti, ecommerce lead at the frozen potato products manufacturer, commented: “Ecommerce is growing in importance for McCain.  We see e.fundamentals as the correct choice of data partner for us due to the simplicity of their platform and the ease of getting[Read[Read More…]

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High blood pressure: Eating potatoes could lower your reading

High blood pressure doesn’t have a clear cause, but certain factors have been proven to raise your risk of the condition developing, such as a diet high in salt. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to the hardening and thickening of the arteries, and then heart attack and stroke, but making some simple changes to what you eat can help lower[Read[Read More…]

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Advertising opportunities on Potato News Today

Dear folks, did you realize that you can advertise your business/organization and products/services on Potato News Today? I can inform you that the site now registers on average well over 500 regular visitors from around the potato world every single day of the week. Readers of Potato News Today view several thousand pages on the site daily. We get visits[Read[Read More…]

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Acrylamide reduction: Processors under increased pressure

We all love a bag of chips. And while there are more and more baked varieties available, nothing beats a thinly sliced, crispy piece of fried potato! However, with the EU’s new regulation on the reduction of acrylamide now in force, manufacturers are under increased pressure to reduce the effects of acrylamide – the result of the Maillard reaction that[Read[Read More…]

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New video of Grimme’s 8-row Eco Ridging Hiller in action

Grimme published a new video today of its 8-row GH 8 Eco Ridging Hiller for use in 75 to 91.4 cm row distances. The company says the machine features various options, including different tines for varying soil conditions to enable optimum ridging. Single row shapers allow easy running between the rows, even in bigger plants. For weed destruction without chemicals[Read[Read More…]

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Equipment manufacturer says potato processors are becoming ‘more demanding’

Dutch based manufacturer of weighing and packaging machines, Manter International,says potato processors are becoming more demanding, as they are looking for complete solutions when it comes to weighing and packaging, and not just simple machines. According to the company’s commercial manager, Michiel Eilander, who recently spoke with Potato Business magazine, there has also been a growing demand for increasing speed[Read[Read More…]

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Upcoming World Potato Congress webinar to focus on seed potato handling from storage to planting

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is pleased to be offering its third webinar in its 2019 series with Dr. Gary Secor. Dr. Secor is a world renowned potato specialist and Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Dr. Secor’s webinar presentation Best Management Practices for Seed Potato Handling from Storage[Read More…]

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Advertising sales agents wanted for Global Potato News magazine

Dear folks, at this time we are inviting advertising agents who might have an interest in assisting with advertisement sales for the print magazine Global Potato News. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you yourself are interested, or if you know someone or an agency that might be, and I will send along further details. We[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s fries around the world

However you feel about McDonald’s, it is inescapable. The franchise has outposts in over 100 countries throughout the world, with a total number of locations topping 36,000 (as of January 2018). Wherever you go, there is McDonald’s. And in every McDonald’s, you can find many of the same menu items: the standard burgers, the thin, salty fries. They may be called Le[Read[Read More…]

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Bill Gates: ‘We should discuss soil as much as we talk about coal’

In the latest addition to his blog (, Bill Gates highlights that in order to fight climate change, we need to look beyond decarbonizing the way we generate electricity.  We need to look at agriculture for example…  Bill Gates: “I’m done with cow farts.” “I’ve written about them several times over the last six months, and I bring them up[Read[Read More…]

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A brief history of that most noble tuber: The Potato

All 4,500 named varieties of potatoes trace their ancestry to the Americas. Wild potatoes grow along the American cordillera, the mountains that run from the Andes to Alaska. People living on its slopes have been eating potatoes for time out of mind. Stone tools and preserved potato peels show that wild potatoes were being prepared for food in southern Utah[Read[Read More…]

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Groundwater: The resource we can’t see, but increasingly rely upon

People have used groundwater for thousands of years, especially in arid regions such as the Middle East and North Africa, where hand-dug wells and subsurface tunnel systems collected and diverted it for early societies. These ancient methods amounted to skimming the shallow groundwater off the top of massive aquifer systems—the vast stores of invisible groundwater beneath the continents that account[Read[Read More…]

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10 soil health terms explained in simple English

Soil health has become an important benchmark for all growers of most crops nowadays, including potato growers. Yet for many, soil health definitions and terms are new and confusing. In this blog, published on the Holganix blog, the focus is on providing simple and concise explanations for 10 key soil health terms. Here is a list of the terms discussed[Read[Read More…]

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The sensors that enable precision agriculture

Two powerful trends – the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics – are generating lots of press for their industrial and infrastructure applications. But there is another application space that is quietly gaining momentum in the application of these technologies: food production. Farmers are improving yields, reducing loss, and reducing cost by making more targeted use of resources such[Read[Read More…]

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Potato vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from a plant biology perspective

As the link between diet and health becomes increasingly characterized, the nutritional value of foods is being increasingly prioritized by the public, write scientists Duroy A. Navarre, Charles R. Brown and Vidyasagar R. Sathuvalli in a recently published research paper. This can create both challenges and opportunities for plant breeding programs and food processing companies, the research team says. Their[Read[Read More…]

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Emerging tech, farming and the impact on job skills in agriculture

There is a huge push on advancing farming technology, as it is seen as the solution to the world population crisis and the growing gap in global food provision. However, emerging agricultural tech is not all about global visions and far-reaching needs. It is changing the face of grassroots farming every day. This is a sector based on traditional skills,[Read[Read More…]

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Coming issue of the Global Potato News magazine

Dear folks, a brief note to inform you that I am currently preparing the editorial content for the next issue of the Global Potato News magazine. Any of you who might want to send along press releases and/or articles that you would like us to consider for publication in the magazine is most welcome to get in touch with me.[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists confirm the anti-inflammatory qualities of potatoes

In a research paper published in the American Journal of Potato Research, scientists Lavanya Reddivari, Tianmin Wang, Binning Wu and Shiyu Li say that some foods promote inflammation and some reduce it. Chronic intestinal inflammation, they say, drives a variety of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colon cancer, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes, which plagues society[Read[Read More…]

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Infographic: Plants deploy exosomes to stop alien invaders

A growing branch of research on how plants use so-called exosomes to interact with their environment is opening up a new field of plant biology, writes Amanda Keener in a recent article published in The Scientist. By the end of 2014, plant biologists Rutter and Innes at Indiana University Bloomington had developed a working protocol that allowed them to describe[Read[Read More…]

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World Planting Day, March 21: An Ode to the Potato

With this collage of 50 photos, depicting potato planting in different countries by different people from many cultures, we wish to pay a humble tribute to the great Potato that all of us love here on Potato News Today… You are unauthorized to view this page.

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