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Study: Women of childbearing age need more white potatoes

A new study finds that vegetable consumption is very low among women of childbearing age (WCBA), and that the nutrient-rich white potato is an important vegetable to this population’s diet, particularly among subgroups with the lowest intake. The results are consistent with the Institute of Medicine findings that mean total vegetable consumption of women ages 19 to 50 years is[Read[Read More…]

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So Roundup ‘probably’ causes cancer. This means what, exactly?

You’ve already heard by now that the World Health Organization just classified glyphosate  –  the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup – as a probable carcinogen. Another probable carcinogen, acrylamide, is formed by cooking at high temperatures: It shows up, for instance, in coffee beans, potato chips, and french fries. The FDA just approved a GMO potato that produces less than half[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Colorado potato beetle insecticide resistance in potatoes on the rise

It should come as no surprise to Prairie potato growers that Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) insecticide resistance is increasing. Ian Scott, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based in London, Ont., recently participated in a study monitoring CPB populations for resistance and cross-resistance with other insecticides. His team, he says, recently published a survey of neonicotinoid resistance in[Read[Read More…]

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British potato growers urged to tackle ‘painful’ oversupply

Two seasons of oversupply are causing “great pain for potato growers, according to Potato Council chair Fiona Fell. Twelve months ago, Potato Council’s ‘Market Dynamics Report’ highlighted that 2013 year-on-year retail volume sales had fallen by 8 per cent – the equivalent of 133,000 fewer tonnes. However, in 2014, just over 121,000 hectares were planted in again in Great Britain,[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: P.E.I. Potato Board commissions report in wake of tampering

As its industry dealt with cases of tampering, the P.E.I. Potato Board hired a consultant to look at technology farmers could use to find foreign materials. In a report prepared for the board, Link Consulting said technologies it reviewed add value in reducing risk, but no one technology can remove all possible contaminants. In December the board held a session[Read[Read More…]

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Research finds baby potatoes are nutrient loaded

Research geneticist Roy Navarre, with the USDA’s Prosser, Wash., Agricultural Research Service, has found that baby potatoes are exceptionally high in healthy phytonutrients. He sees unmet opportunity in baby potatoes for the spud industry to reach consumers who place a premium on aesthetically pleasing, highly nutritious gourmet ingredients. Navarre, with the USDA’s Prosser, Wash., Agricultural Research Service, has analyzed baby[Read[Read More…]

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Coalition looking to commission impact study of potato in East Africa

A number of NGOs (Vita, Gorta-Self Help Africa, Concern Universal and Farm Africa), research institutes (International Potato Centre (CIP), Teagasc and the Irish Potato Federation and government bodies that have worked in the potato sector over a number of years have formed a coalition that intends to pursue an integrated science, business and development approach with a broad focus on[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Neonicotinoid pesticides and honey bee health

One of best-attended presentations at Manitoba Potato Production Days, the three-day potato conference and trade show which ran Jan. 23 to 25 in Brandon, Manitoba., focused on neonicotinoid pesticides and honey bee health. Maryam Sultan spoke Jan. 24 in support of the use of neonicotinoids, the subject of much debate in recent years because of some research linking these insecticides[Read[Read More…]

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Revealed: 40% of young Brits binge on crisps and 75% skip meals

Almost a quarter of Brits – and 40% of under-25s – regularly consume an entire sharing bag of crisps by themselves in one sitting. So reveals a new poll for The Grocer that suggests the notion of three square meals a day is becoming a thing of the past, with 57% regularly skipping meals and grazing on snacks instead. Twenty[Read[Read More…]

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Reinventing the potato

For most of my life, I have been severely prejudiced against the potato. Like many Americans, I regarded potatoes as among the most banal of vegetables. They were clearly less interesting than other tubers and roots, lacking the lip-staining intensity of the beet, the bright color and crunch of the carrot, the surprising heat of the radish. Potatoes were just[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes fuelling Aussie families

AUSTRALIAN families are playing an increasing role in consumer decisions to buy potatoes, according to the latest data from the Potato Tracker project. Results from Wave Four of the ongoing study which gauges consumer attitudes and behaviour in relation to potatoes have revealed 51 per cent of respondents said they bought spuds because they were enjoyed by their whole family.[Read[Read More…]

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Confirmed: French fried potatoes NOT a source of trans fat

More than any other segment of the food industry, the potato industry has made the greatest improvements in the fatty acid profile of its products, including French fried potatoes. Although the oils used to cook today’s fries are now predominately all-vegetable oils that contain primarily mono- and polyunsaturated fats, French fries are still often incorrectly cited as a source of[Read[Read More…]

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Nematode link with potato scab?

SCIENTISTS are questioning the possibility of a link between nematodes and the incidence of scab in potatoes, after studies in Norway linked the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans to common scab. Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) nematologist Tom Prior said it was not yet known if the presence of these nematodes can be linked to the incidence of scab[Read[Read More…]

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Market trends: Australia’s favorite snack

Potato chips remain the favorite snack in Australia, according to Roy Morgan Research. The data from the company shows that Australians’ tastes tend to favor savory over sweet. Potato chips are the snack of choice for men more than women, especially for consumers in their teens. In an average seven-day period, 41 per cent of consumers snack on potato chips, 37 per[Read[Read More…]

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Study links potato compounds to weight loss

Potatoes may hold secret compounds to help people lose weight and avoid diabetes, according to new research out of Canada. The seemingly counterintuitive study results by Stan Kubow, Luc Hobson, Michele M. Iskandar, Kebba Sabally, Danielle J. Donnelly and Luis B. Agellon, all with McGill University in Quebec, were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.Source: www.capitalpress.comSee on[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Commodities outlook 2015 – Potatoes

Good growing conditions and lacklustre demand resulted in depressed market prices in 2014, leaving many producers reassessing their appetite for potato production in the year ahead. According to Andersons director Jay Wootton, one the main drivers in the UK potato industry is changing consumer habits. “Ironically the humble potato can feature at either end of the convenience scale,” he says.[Read[Read More…]

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EU pesticide review could cost UK industry £905m

The loss of agrochemical actives due to EU changes to pesticide laws could cost the UK farming industry more than £905m, according to an Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) report. The loss of linuron would cost the potato sector £52m (6% of farmgate value) as a result of reduction in weed control. And the loss of mancozeb would knock[Read[Read More…]

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Research finding: Potatoes can be part of a weight loss program

Research published this week in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. The study, a collaborative effort between the University of California at Davis and the Illinois Institute of Technology, sought to gain a better understanding of the role of calorie reduction and the glycemic index in weight loss[Read[Read More…]

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Potato chip study: Low-fat foods lead to weight gain

The diet food industry’s solution to the spread of obesity has been to reduce the calories in processed foods on the theory that the same volume of food will satisfy your appetite regardless of nutrient content.  They had great hopes especially for the idea of low-fat potato chips as a weight loss aid.  But it turns out that the artificial[Read[Read More…]

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