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.
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— Angela Meyer (@ange_meyer) October 14, 2017
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.
My thoughts go out to the people of New Zealand and their crisps crisis
— Aidan (@Sluts_g0_nutz) October 17, 2017
There's a fucking crisps shortage in New Zealand ?
— Megan (@mfitzge95436268) October 16, 2017
Re: NZ #chipocalypse. Yes, there's a potato shortage. But before anyone suggests them, kale chips are an abomination.
— Lachlan Forsyth (@LachlanForsyth) October 15, 2017