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Reliance on potatoes puts NB ag in peril: prof

June 27, 2011  By Telegraph-Journal


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Fredericton, NB – Susan Machum, the Canada research chair in social justice and
a professor at St. Thomas University, said the reliance on potatoes in New
Brunswick's agricultural sector is a disaster waiting to happen.

June 21, 2011,
Fredericton, NB – Susan Machum, the Canada research chair in social justice and
a professor at St. Thomas University, said the reliance on potatoes in New
Brunswick's agricultural sector is a disaster waiting to happen.

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Potatoes are the
province’s largest agricultural commodity, spanning 200 farms and 50,000 acres.
In the 2006 census, New Brunswick farmers reported working 375,590 acres of
cropland.

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Machum said when there is
so much weight placed on a specific crop, a single disease can wipe out an
entire growing season.

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