In an article that appears today in the Europe section of the Economist’s print edition under the headline “The chips are down”, the author rightfully says that Europe faces a potato crisis this year. The author goes on to say that climate change is at the root of the problem.
“A quick fix could be found through trade,” the author says. Already, potato trading between EU countries is common, but most of the rice eaten in Europe is imported, whereas only a small proportion of potatoes come from outside the EU. Some say that more open markets would ensure that if the harvest fails in one country, appetites could still be met. “But try telling that to the guardians of the common agricultural policy in Brussels. They see any market opening as the thin end of the wedge.”