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‘The humble potato falls from grace’

The potato has had a great run for most of the past five centuries. But these days, the humble spud has fallen on hard times in the US. Consumers have shunned the starchy side dish in a race away from carbohydrates and toward greater convenience, two factors driving broad changes in how Americans eat. Total annual consumption of all types of potatoes has fallen by nearly 25 percent since peaking in 1996, to 52 pounds a person in 2012.


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