Volume Two, 2019
Biotechnology Potato Partnership
Science Based Answers to Sustaining Farmers, Solving Hunger and Securing Our Planet
Outstanding in the Field.... Dr. Dave Douches
Congratulations to Dr. Dave Douches, Director of Potato Breeding and Genetics at Michigan State University (MSU) on receiving MSU's Corporate Connector of the Year Award.

In addition to his work in the US, Dave is also the Project Director of the Feed the Future Biotechnology Potato Partnership working to bring a late blight resistant potato to Bangladesh and Indonesia. Through his expertise and passion for spuds, Dave is impacting potato development globally.

Dave Douches in his lab at Michigan State

 GMO Fact Check
Statement: GMO's Hurt the Environment

Fact: GMO's actually help the environment. According to GMO Answers, GMO's allow farmers to grow more with less acres of land. Without access to GMO's, farmers would have needed to plant an additional 18.2 million acres of corn; 20.7 acres of soybeans; 7.4 million acres of cotton; and 1.7 million acres of canola to keep up with global production levels in 2015. That's nearly equal to all the farmland in Iowa and Missouri. With a growing world population demanding more food, fiber and fuel; being able to grow more with less land is critical to saving our forests and prairies.
Semi-Annual Report is Available Now

Get up to date on the latest activities and progress of the Feed the Future Biotechnology Potato Partnership.

Download the Year Four Semi-Annual Report today.

In Your Kitchen ... Potato Hummus

Calling all Paleo diet fans, this one is for you!

Hummus from potatoes is smooth and oh, so good.

  • 1 Pound Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • 1/4 C tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t smoked paprika
  • 1/4 C extra virgin avocado oil


  1. Bring to boil, large pot of water adding a few pinches of salt.
  2. Peel and chop potatoes.
  3. Add potatoes to boiling water and cook until fork tender, drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Transfer potatoes to food processor, add sea salt and garlic then pulse.
  5. Add tahini, lemon juice & paprika, process until smooth.
  6. Add avocado oil in steady stream with processor running til well blended.
  7. Transfer to serving bowl and top with drizzled avocado oil and smoked paprika.
  8. Serve with your favorite veggies and chips.