Potato Fact #95

Both organic and conventional potato farmers are subject to the “insecticide treadmill”: the ongoing battle to suppress pests and disease as they develop resistance to various chemicals and sprays. Researchers have identified a gene that could make potatoes naturally resistant to Phytophythora infestans, the potato blight that caused multiple famines throughout history. However, GMO potatoes have been difficult to market, with large buyers such as McDonald’s declining to use them.