Storey said grassroots work by the potato council and potato board in 2011 helped gain Congressional approval of a measure to keep potatoes in the nation’s school nutrition programs. That was a crucial victory, but she said the issue is not dead.
“School lunches will come up again in the farm bill,” she told the standing-room-only crowd. “We need to get the research in hand and get it out there.”
She cited the potassium content of potatoes as an example.
“When you say potassium everyone thinks of bananas,” Storey said. “Potatoes have far more potassium per serving — 560 milligrams compared to 358 milligrams — but people don’t know it, yet.”