Fast food restaurants across the world are experiencing a shortage of french fries. The United States is one of the top producers of potatoes globally — but lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced U.S. farmers to destroy hundreds of tons of potatoes in 2020, and the supply has not fully recovered.
A growing global potato shortage is causing a short supply of french fries across the world. By The Washington Post, adapted by Newsela staff. Published: 01/23/2022. Word Count: 676. French fries and chips are commonly eaten around the world. However, a growing global potato shortage is limiting french fry orders in various countries.
With less water, farmers can’t plant as many potatoes. ‘It could lead to shortages in potato supplies,” said Wahlen. For the crops they can grow, the supply costs are increasing at record rates. “Fertilizers, chemicals, fuel, all those things have skyrocketed, may be increased by 50%,” said Wahlen.
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