Processes that produce potato plants can be used to produce more vegetables for restaurants and farmers markets, according to a new report from a food technology company.
Crop plants that process to create potato plants are also increasingly being used to make other vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, said Matt McBride, vice president of research at Erosion Control Systems, a food industry research firm.
They’re also being used for industrial applications.
“We’re seeing more and more companies using them to produce vegetables for use in industrial kitchens, including salad dressing, sauces and even baked goods,” McBride said.
McBride said it’s likely that the production of potatoes will continue to be the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from food production.
“As demand for food continues to grow, so too will the number of greenhouse gases produced,” he said.
“It’s the greenhouse gas equivalent of a small-scale car,” he added.
“Potatoes have been the most efficient food source in history, and this report confirms that.”
While we’re not able to say exactly how much we use from potatoes, the data shows that in the United States, the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions from producing potatoes is equivalent to about a quarter of all transportation emissions produced from other sources.
McCandles study was published in the March issue of the journal Agriculture and Food Chemistry.”
They’re used in fertilizer, for seed-harvesting, for composting, to make paper and so forth,” he explained.
McCandles study was published in the March issue of the journal Agriculture and Food Chemistry.