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article imageThe Spud Gets its Due

By Bob Ewing     Jun 11, 2007 in World
2008 is the UN Year of the Potato; Potatoes are crucial to the food security of hundreds of millions of people in the developing world, where annual consumption has risen from 9 kg/capita in 1961-63 to around 21kg today.
The potato has been around for approximately 8,000 years. It has traveled far since its beginnings in the Andean Mountains of Peru. In order to honour this basic food, that so many of us love as salad, baked, home fries or perhaps the most exciting french fries, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2008 to be the International year of the potato.
Why? the UN says the potato deserves its own year because it is a staple food in the diet of the world's population and the need to focus world attention on the role that the potato can play in providing food security and eradicating poverty in support of achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals,
The variety of potatoes that we can now buy is impressive from blue and purple to red and gold, there is a variety of potato that can suit any appetite. So next time you sit down to your favourite potato dish give some thought to the potatoe's long lineage and the good that it can do to economies around the world. I live in New Brunswick and the Spud is a major player in the local economy.
What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?
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