You may not notice how often you eat potatoes, but if you have McDonald’s or other fast food for lunch, you will and can imagine how many potatoes we human need every day – The Potato Fries!! We use potatoes for other dishes, too, baked, meshed or sliced! Potatoes are a staple of the American diet, and across the rest of the world as well. According to the International Potato Center, the potato is the third most important food crop in the world in terms of human consumption, behind only wheat and rice.
But growing potatoes is not easy as imagined (We failed for 1st two years try), and in developing countries, many farmers do not have access to or can not afford quality seed for good harvests. The International Potato Center (CIP) was founded to help combat these challenges and to work toward developing sustainable solutions that will help combat world hunger and the degradation of natural resources.
CIP is developing a sustainable potato planting method by growing potatoes with aeroponics technology. Aeroponic growing is a soilless farming technology that plants are grown supported at the top with their roots hanging down in a box, with nutritious water misted into the box so the hanging roots can take in. The roots stay hydrated and absorb their nutrients without having to stay suspended in soil or water. This clean potato growing is worth promoting since it doesn’t need open ground and if possible can be introduced in urban gardening!
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