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The Potato: From Garden Ornament to Main Food in Our Diet

To learn a little about this tuber, let’s go to its origins. The first potato crops originated some 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, just north of Lake Titicaca in Peru, and over time its spread was so great that it reached Europe. Although the Europeans were initially not convinced to have it and looked for any excuse not to consume it, it became a staple food in the old continent.

In 2019 in the United States, 8.9 billion pounds of potatoes were traded, while in 2021, 9.4 billion pounds were sold, which represents an increase of 5.49%, which we can appreciate in the following graph:

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Paola Ochoa is Director of Operations and Engineering Liaison for Agtools.

Agtools, Inc. provides data for farmers, buyers, distributors, retailers, government agencies, financial firms, and other stakeholders to manage market volatility, increase profitability and reduce waste of natural, human and food resources.


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