Potatoes have been commended as a source of inexpensive nutrition for centuries. Present day, they have lost some of their nutritional credibility with the advent of low-carb diets and their consistent appearance on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of pesticide-laden conventional produce. Potatoes are also considered a practical food as they will keep for months if stored properly at cool temperatures. However, the present day use of large cooling facilities makes energy consumption another issue for the tuber.
- Type: Vegetable
- Country of Origin: Peru & Chile
- Energy Use Factor: Medium to High
- Source Location: Florida – also Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota, & Wisconsin
- Florida potatoes require all inputs, besides water, to be trucked in
- Long-term storage & transportation of potatoes requires cool energy dependent environments, using more fuel.
- Potatoes are sensitive to heavy frosts: resulting in damage during cultivation & storage & may affect crop yield.
- Insects & diseases vs. pesticides & chemicals used by both conventional & organic potato producers.
Where did my potatoes actually come from?
Although Idaho and Ireland are better known for their potato growing history, China and Russia are the leaders in world potato production. We filmed our potato scenes at the Troyer Brothers Farm in Ft Myers, FL, where they not only grow but also pack and send their potatoes for distribution.
We filmed our potato scenes at the Troyer Brothers Farm in Ft Myers, FL, where they not only grow but also pack and send their potatoes for distribution.
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Café Hon gets their potatoes from local supplier Belair Produce. Belair gets their potato supply from various farms in Caldwell, ID.
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