Tuesday, 8 January 2008

2008 Year of the Potato!








Who knew that the humble potato had a whole year dedicated to it? Or that 2008 would become the International Year of the Potato! On a slightly more serious note, "The mission of the International Year of the Potato is to increase awareness of the importance of the potato as a food in developing nations, and promote research and development of potato-based systems as a means of contributing to achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals."

The potato is seen as having a strong role to play in developing countries as it can produce “more nutritious food more quickly, on less land, and in harsher climates than any other major crop up to 85 percent of the plant is edible human food, compared to around 50% in cereals.”

Inspired? Grow some yourself.

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