Potatoes are Good for the Planet – Who Knew?

We all know that potatoes are positively scrumptious. Afterall, that’s why Loaded Pierogi is Canada’s favourite potato-filled snack!

But did you know that potato production can be environmentally friendly, too? Compared to pasta, wheat, and rice, potatoes win for “being green” – by a long shot.

Those little spuds deserve all our love.

Ready to “Get Loaded” on some eco-friendly potato facts?

Saving the Earth, One Potato at a Time

When it comes to saving the planet from the fiery doom of climate change, nobody ever stops to think about food production. But really, this is an important aspect. Like, SUPER important! What we eat has a gigantic effect on planet Earth. The land, water, air…it all boils down to how we interact with our food sources.

Potatoes are revolutionary because they:

  • Emit Less Greenhouse Gasses Compared to other crops, potatoes win! They emit way less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than competitors like wheat, rice, pasta, and corn. In fact, on a per pound basis, potatoes are widely considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly vegetables around. The carbon footprint of a potato is a heck of a lot lower than say, meat or dairy products. Good for the plant and delicious? We’ll take it!

  • Smaller water footprint Here’s another cool statistic: potatoes also use less water. Now, that’s not to say you’ll be eating dry and bland potatoes here at Loaded Pierogi (yuck). Nope! What we mean is that it takes fewer litres of water to grow a potato…therefore helping out the environment by conserving precious water. For 1 kilogram of potatoes, you need approximately 280 litres of water. Don’t be fooled – this sounds like a lot, but really, it’s quite low. And a lot of times, rain provides plenty of water. Oh, and one more thing! Potatoes are also a drought resistant crop. They can do well in dry geographic locations. When it is unseasonably dry, loads of fruits and vegetables wither away and die. But not the potato! Unlike other plants, the potato sucks up less liquid directly from the soil, making do with what it already has. What a self-reliant spud!

A Way to End World Hunger

There are 7.9 billion people on earth today, and all of them need to eat.

While we wish everyone could just chow down on Loaded Pierogi forever (seriously…how awesome would that be?) the truth is, world hunger is a serious issue. Sadly, around 3 billion people can’t get safe and nutritious food. Plus, the cost of groceries is rising every year.

What’s the solution?

According to food insecurity researchers, potatoes could very well be the answer!

  • Potatoes are Cheap They cost pennies to grow. In addition, because they can be grown in a wide variety of climates all over the world, they are inexpensive for locals to purchase. They don’t need to be transported on trucks, planes, and boats the ways bananas or tropical fruits might be, for example. Affordability is a huge part of what makes potatoes so appealing.

  • Full of Carbs Not to mention, they’re filling! Potatoes are carbohydrate heavy. Eating a whole potato (whether baked, boiled, or in pierogi form) can keep away hunger and provide essential nutrients. Put together, all these reasons make potatoes a superfood when it comes to saving the Earth. Potatoes are good for the planet, people’s wallets, and our tastebuds.

What more could we ask for? Time to #getloaded!

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