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It’s a tough life at the House of Commons. Aperitifs are in short supply, the Cajun food is poor and there is a dearth of ‘fresh game’ on the lunchtime menu.

Leading article: Spud we like

The potato was introduced relatively late to European diets, but it was embraced with enthusiasm. It is now the fourth largest staple crop on the planet after rice, wheat and maize. And from the Irish potato famine, to the row about "Freedom Fries" during the build- up to the Iraq war, they have been entwined with our history. And now a new chapter in the life of the plant might have begun with the news that scientists have deciphered the full genetic code of the potato. Advances in crop technology have enabled mankind to avoid the Malthusian nightmare of too many hungry mouths and not enough food in the past. Here's hoping that the potato is about to help us do so yet again.

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Makes 8-10

Shepherd's pie baked potato

Serves 4

Harrington caught by couch-potato police

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Serves 10

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Serves 10

Whipped potato with rabbit and wild mushrooms

Serves 4

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Village People: The Potato Council survives, but it could soon be crunch time

Quango upon quango has been consigned to the bonfire, but the Potato Council lives on.

Imagine that: crisps packets made from spuds

Recycled potato peelings could be used to create crisp packets within 18 months, the UK's largest crisp manufacturer said today.

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