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Swiss study finds staggering losses of the potato supply from ‘field to fork’

Over 50% of the potato harvest is lost from field to fork, and losses occur in the entire chain, from producers and processing wholesalers, to retailers and consumers. This is the conclusion of a Swiss study by Agroscope and ETH Zurich. Optimization of potato cultivation and consumer behavioral change is said to be the solution. The figures are staggering: 53% of the conventionally produced potatoes are lost, and 55% of the organically produced potatoes. The figures for processing potatoes are slightly lower: of the organic potatoes 41% is wasted and 46% of the conventionally produced potatoes. The difference with conventionally produced potatoes is due to the overproduction, this rarely happens with organic potatoes. The study looked at the production chain in Switzerland. More