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U.S. Facing Potential French Fry Shortage

Farmers in the U.S. and Canada say that a surge in cold, wet weather has either damaged potato crops or led to smaller potatoes.

The U.S. might have a french fry shortage soon, as cold weather has damaged potato crops in the midwest.

Farmers in the U.S. and Canada say that a surge in cold, wet weather has either damaged potato crops or led to smaller potatoes. The Department of Agriculture predicts that potato output will drop 6.1% in 2019, the lowest it’s been since 2010. This could mean higher prices and smaller portions of fries with your next burger. 

The climate crisis has contributed to an uptick of winter storms in recent years. As ocean surface temperatures become warmer, the increased moisture causes storms to become more intense. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, which leads to more rainfall and precipitation. 

The U.S. saw twice as many extreme snowstorms in the second half of the 20th century than it did in the first. And now, the climate crisis has trickled down into our french fry supply.

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