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Chipocalypse: potato shortage in New Zealand sparks crisp crisis

Fears grow of ‘potatogeddon’ after up to 30% of the crop are hit by heavy rains blamed on climate change
A crisp, or chip depending on your vernacular. A potato shortage in New Zealand has sparked warnings of snack shortages. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian

A year of heavy rains has devastated New Zealand’s potato crop, prompting fears of a “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 for potato chips taking the biggest hit.

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