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25grams true-potato-seeds is logistically far superior to 2500 kilo bulky and perishable seed-tubers, easier to transport, easier to store and less waste. Varieties with natural resistance reduces pesticide needs with over 60%, and pesticide production is a large contributor of greenhouse gases and pesticide itself is not very friendly to the environment. We can now at unprecedented speed, breed varieties with are specially resilient to change in climate and varieties with double the yield or even more in developing countries producing more with less.
True potato seeds are a solution for one of the biggest potential food problems in India namely that with the rise of temperature of another 1-1.5oC India is no longer able to produce seed-tubers putting 27B kilo potato at risk (prof Swaminathan)
Potato is one of the few crops which will have higher yields if greenhouse gas levels rise and it grows in harsher climates and as such increases the resilience to climate chance. With hybrid breeding when can develop this even further by breeding for example for heat-, salinity-, drought-tolerance.