Tag: Potatoes

The French Fries Are Doing Just Fine

A potato paucity is upon us, and French fry aficionados are worried. Multiple news headlines this week have warned of a “possible French fry shortage” this year after a weaker harvest for many potato farmers in the United States and Canada. But experts say French fry consumers probably shouldn’t worry too much, because producers of […]

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Our Best Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin Pie and More

Pumpkin pie, apple pie (above), pecan pie, sweet potato pie. We have all the classic Thanksgiving pies, but, if you’re looking for something a little different, may we suggest brandied pumpkin pie, apple ombré pie, chocolate pecan pie or sweet potato casserole pie. Or if tradition be damned in your house this year, make a […]

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A New Way to Fight Crop Diseases, With a Smartphone

Late blight is a common disease of plants such as tomatoes and potatoes, capable of wiping out entire crops on commercial-scale fields. Caused by a fungus-like pathogen, it first appears as black or brown lesions on leaves, stems, fruit or tubers. If conditions are favorable, it can quickly spread to other plants through wet soil […]

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Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future

Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly, requiring ever more food, but the amount of cultivable land is limited. Warmer temperatures have extended growth seasons in some areas — and brought drought and pests to others. “We face a grand challenge in terms of feeding the […]

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