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POTATO PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION

U.S. per capita potato usage (pounds)

 

1970

1980

1990

2000

2011

Total

121.7

114.7

123.9

137.7

110.3

Fresh

61.8

51.1

46.7

47.2

34.1

Processed

59.9

63.6

77.2

90.5

76.2

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


In 2007 total world production of potatoes was more than 320 million tonnes, and about 2/3 were consumed by people as food. The other 1/3 is used as animal feed, and as potato starch in pharmaceuticals, textiles, adhesives, and in the wood & paper industries, etc.

The top 5 potato producing countries in 2007:

Top 10 Potato Producing States (2006 USDA)

U.S. Per Capita Potato Consumption (2007 USDA)

Top 10 per capita consumption of potatoes
(2005, UN FAO):

 

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