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Who Needs Potatoes? Lets Just Grow Fries….and other interesting facts.

In Business, Food/Drink, GM Crops, Health, India, Science on September 28, 2009 at 7:24 am

Researchers from 12 countries, including India, got together in 2006 and have just released the genetic code mapping of the world’s most popular vegetable – the potato.

Now that we know that, the day is not far when we’ll be growing potatoes shaped as fries. Why bother with all that peeling and cutting?

And on that note, here are some other potato related facts:

  1. 2008 was the international year of the potato
  2. A third of all potatoes is harvested in China and India
  3. The potato is the first food ever grown in space
  4. Inca Indians were the first to grow the potato in about 200 BC. (lots more interesting facts at this link)
  5. McDonald’s buys more than 3 billion pounds of potatoes annually across the globe. And after 7 years, the hunt is on for a new spud for McDonald’s fries.

And speaking of McDonalds, in the US, you are never more than 145 miles by car to the nearest McDonalds.

Hence our theory that we will be growing potatoes as fries sometime in the near future!

  1. Hi,

    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.

  2. Interesting post, definately food for thought hehe

  3. Thank’s for sharing this
    This is really interesting

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