The potato is on the up and up worldwide. Potatoes are currently the third most important food crop in the world, second only to rice and wheat. Does the potato have what it takes to become number 1?
A comparison with the number 1 global food crop, rice, soon shows the obvious differences. No less than 2,500 litres of water are needed to grow 1 kilogram of rice, while only 500 litres are needed to grow 1 kg of potatoes. Rice is usually cultivated in (sub) tropical regions, while potatoes do well in different climates and are currently grown in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The potato also has significant benefits in terms of nutritional values. Notably, rice is considered a light food and the potato a fattening food. The fact is that 100 grams of rice contains 147 kcal and 100 grams of potatoes only has 78 kcal. The complex carbohydrates in potatoes are digested slowly, leaving a long lasting feeling of fullness.
In short: the rise of the potato is a healthy development for mankind and a sustainable one for earth.