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“If the situation becomes worse, it is likely that the potatoes would be in for an even worse harvest,” said the researchers.
They say that farmers could be forced to use more herbicides and pesticides because they cannot feed the world on plants like potatoes, which can contain toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, arsenic and other metals.
This has been a problem in countries where potatoes are grown, including India, China and Argentina.
In China, the country with the world´s second-largest potato industry, more than 1.5 billion tonnes of potatoes are exported annually, and there are concerns that as the world grows more dependent on food, there will be fewer available potatoes.
The research team says that the world is on the verge of a “Potato Crisis”.
It says the global population will triple between now and 2050, making potatoes a very attractive food for humans to eat.
The report warns that the potential for a worldwide “Potatoes Crisis” is “real and is currently being foreseen”.
It warns that this crisis will be exacerbated by an increasing global food crisis, with the “growing importance of biosecurity” and the need for more effective and sustainable food security and supply chains to meet the increasing demand for food.
The researchers warn that there are two ways that the potato industry can make it through this situation: either to address the environmental risks associated with its production, or to grow crops that can be harvested and exported in future.
“This means that the industry must adapt and evolve, as new technologies emerge to meet future challenges,” they say.
The study also says that a global solution to the potato crisis is “likely” but that it is not clear how this will be achieved.
The researchers suggest that a combination of better management of the environment, more efficient harvesting, and better food security are likely to be the key to mitigating the potato problem.
They also say that it may be necessary to move away from the use of toxic pesticides and concentrate more on more environmentally friendly methods.
“We need to think of new, sustainable and more sustainable technologies, in addition to using less toxic methods, that can make us all healthier,” they conclude.
“It will require more sustainable use of land and resources and greater use of public transportation to avoid and reduce pollution of our waterways, land and air,” they add.