Do you love the humble spud? If you do you’ll be thrilled to find that 2008 is the International Year of the Potato (IYP)?
Yes, led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN a group of government and international bodies have got together to celebrate and promote the potato as a food of the future and a potential solution to the World’s looming food crisis. The IYP Website is packed with information about potatoes – from the serious and statistical (did you know that in Belarus they eat the most potatoes per capita), to fun competitions for potato photography and receipes! Informative factsheets also tell you everything you want to know about potatoes regarding - nutrition, biodiversity, gender, economy, biotechnology and pests and diseases!
You can find more about potatoes at the State Library of Western Australia- from photographs of the potato industry in WA, to recipes, to fiction about potatoes, to technical reports. Just search on potatoes as a keyword and get started!
Now I’m hungry, off to find some potatoes!