Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SPUDS: New Community Members

I think this is a great idea - and its still not too late to plant.

SPUDS (sustainable potatoes united research project) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers for our unusual project.

They are looking for: social media experts, food bloggers, artists, actors, designers, producers, administrators, photographers, presenters, script writers, chefs, storytellers, everybody and anybody!
SPUDS is a nationwide community based research project which was developed in response to Teagasc’s application to trial Genetically Modified potatoes in Ireland.
They are giving away naturally blight resistant potato seed for free to anyone and everyone who is willing to grow it this summer and document their experience.
These potatoes promise to diminish the carbon footprint of potato cultivation dramatically by illiminating the need to routinely spray fungicide.
This practice is currently impacting on the health of farmers, the natural environment and groundwater as well leading to fines from the EU. European Commission statistics from 2010 suggest that people are more likely to buy a product that provides benefits both to the environment and food safety.
SPUDS would like to test this theory by giving the public a role in the research process.

The campaign will need help with a range of activities over the year including the following
•Packaging, distributing and handing out potatoes to the public

•Communication with hundreds of participants around the country

•Fund raising for the project including the development of a FUNDIT Campaign

•The organisation of a potato festival this autumn

•Analysing the data from our research and the preparation of a final report

If you are passionate about developing a sustainable food system in Ireland and would like to offer your support SPUDs would love to hear from you.

Please find further information about the project at

Nike Ruf

086 607 9220

Kaethe Burt-O'Dea

087 244 4185

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