Fears grow of ‘potatogeddon’ after up to 30% of the crop are hit by heavy rains blamed on climate change

A year of heavy rains has devastated New Zealand’s potato crop, causing a shortage of crisps – aka chips – that has been dubbed the “chipocalypse”.

The rainfall, which included two “weather bombs” and two serious floods in both the North and South Island, has wiped out 20% of New Zealand’s annual potato crop, and 30% in the regions most affected, with the “crisping” varieties taking the biggest hit.

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