Chipocalypse! New Zealand is Facing a Potato Shortage

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Snack time just got a whole lot sadder in New Zealand.

Incredibly wet winter storms have been plaguing islands that produce the potatoes that go into making the country’s potato chips. Or crisps, as they are known in the region.

This BBC report details the potato problem and the rising cost of the country’s crop and also how the general public didn’t find out until their local supermarkets started to show some bare shelves. 

Chris Claridge, head of NZ’s industry body, Potatoes New Zealand said the rain hadn’t stopped since March and that it was “simply not good.” He also referred to the potato as a living entitiy that needed to breathe. All the rain water is drowning the poor potatoes. 

“Potatoes are actually alive  — they need to breathe. And so effectively they drown, and then they start to rot… because they’re submerged in water,” he said.

With the potential for the chip shortage to last throughout New Zealand’s summer season, people are starting to freak out on social media and also feel for the chipless folks of NZ. Rough times could be ahead for warm-weather get togethers.