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French fry panic unnecessary, experts say

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/04/19, 12:26 pm

There’s no need to start rationing French fries yet. Despite headlines warning of a possible shortage, concerns about the effect of low potato crop yields on the favorite salty side item are likely overblown, The New York Times reported.

Why the concern? Thanks to a bout of frost and rain, the 2019 potato crop was one of the lowest on record, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates and a report from the United Potato Growers of Canada. Word of the diminished supply of spuds caused a rash of panic on social media. But experts told the Times that, while potato prices are likely to increase, they don’t expect any serious shortages.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 12/04/2019 11:02 pm

    I can offer numerous sellers of French fries a suggestion that will totally eliminate any shortage of potatoes, thus, shortage of fries:

    Shrink your serving sizes!  It’s routine these days for a restaurant serving of fries to be about 40% more than I want with my meal, and so a bunch just end up in the garbage. I’m talking about restaurants, not fast food joints. Except for Five Guys (at least, I think that’s where they pour an extra scoop of fries in the bag on top of the burgers and packages of fries you ordered) most fast food fry orders are whatever size you ask for. But too many restaurants will serve a pile of fries that dwarfs the steak or sandwich you’re getting. 

  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 12/05/2019 03:32 am

    Let me know when you are going out next.  I can help you finish.  I like a large portion and often find too little is served :)