Environmental Impacts Of Potato

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The Potato crop is one of the world’s most important food crops. It has played an important historic role throughout Europe and continues to be relied upon by the masses today. Potatoes are naturally nutritious and reliable as a crop. However, as with the cultivation of all crops, there are some negative environmental impacts. The potato can endure many environments and can be sustainably grown around the globe. This crop continues to have a vast impact on society. In this essay, I will discuss the nutritional benefits of the potato, its historical significance, the environmental impacts associated with the crop, and the sustainability of potatoes as a food crop.
Production of the potato crop is certainly beneficial to society. It is the world’s fourth largest food crop, with about 32 kilograms per capita produced each year. Potatoes are quite nutritious naturally as they are low in saturated fat and are good sources of fiber, potassium and magnesium (Marr et al. 2014); however, they are not always used to make healthy products. There are many health benefits associated with potatoes, some of which include being a great source of vitamin B and C and Potassium, Magnesium and fiber. One medium potato contains about one quarter of the daily value of Potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6 and around 15% of the daily value of fiber and magnesium (Marr et al. 2014). Due to the high level of potassium, potato consumption is also associated with lowering blood pressure (Sass 2017). In

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