We don’t want to ever live in a world where there is a “chipocalypse.”
No wonder New Zealanders are concerned at the prospect, as 20 percent of potato crops have been lost due to extended periods of wet weather, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Supermarkets have indicated to the newspaper there might be a shortage in potato crisps, as manufacturers have a smaller cut of potato crops in the country. Normal potato supply won’t return until the new year.
When the chips are down, people are going to freak out — a bit — on social media.
Re: NZ #chipocalypse. Yes, there’s a potato shortage. But before anyone suggests them, kale chips are an abomination.
— Lachlan Forsyth (@LachlanForsyth) October 15, 2017
I understand there are terrible things happening in the world at the moment, but keep NZ in your hearts too. We’re running out of chippies.
— AntipodesAnnie 🐑 (@lacuchina) October 15, 2017
We’re entering our third week without a sitting Parliament, but nah, the most pressing issue in New Zealand today the potato chip shortage
— Allyse (@AllyseMatterson) October 15, 2017
Chris Claridge, Chief Executive of Potatoes New Zealand, told Radio Live on Monday it had been the third wettest year on record, made worse by the lack of extended dry periods.
Potatoes have drowned and rotted in the ground because of the rain, and farmers are unable to harvest them because the ground is too wet for tractors.
For this, you can blame climate change and lack of land availability for farmers due to urbanisation, but fortunately, there won’t be an overall shortage of potatoes.
2nd media interview of the day. Script: It’s been raining lots. Potatoes don’t like too much rain. Yes you will have potatoes for Christmas.
— Chris Claridge (@ClaridgeChris) October 15, 2017
“You will have new potatoes for Christmas, I can guarantee that. But there will be pressure on processors, whose supply chains are a bit more complicated,” he said.
With the wet weather mostly affecting crops on the North Island, the chip manufacturers that are based on the South Island will “not be as affected and that “there will still be crisps on the shelf.”
Certainly a sage reminder of how important food security is, even if it’s just chips.