Maris Piper potatoes 29p @ Aldi
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Maris Piper potatoes 29p @ Aldi

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Found 30th Mar
Aldi are rolling out their fortnightly selection of fresh vegetables and included is a 2.5 Kg bag of washed Maris Piper potatoes for £0.29. Normally these would be £1.59. This offer runs until Wednesday 4th April (subject to stock).
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    odom4 m ago

    Mad to think anyone can actually grow, harvest, clean, package and …Mad to think anyone can actually grow, harvest, clean, package and transport 2.5kgs of anything for that price. Do Aldi make a loss, or do they just screw over the farmer in return for normal orders the rest of the time?


    It's called a loss leader.
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    Already posted
    And for anybody that hadn't noticed

    Don't know if Aldi sell these vile things, but avoid at all costs. Don't agree with his comments on rice and pasta but he's spot on about Harmony.
    Edited by: "qbs" 30th Mar
    I got some harmony potatoes and didn't fare well either.. texture and flavour a big problem.
    qbs1 h, 16 m ago

    And for anybody that hadn't noticedDon't know if Aldi sell these vile …And for anybody that hadn't noticedDon't know if Aldi sell these vile things, but avoid at all costs. Don't agree with his comments on rice and pasta but he's spot on about Harmony.


    I don't know what Harmony taste like but there is so much nonsense in that article that I can't take it seriously at all.

    Anyone who is supposed to be an expert gardner should at least make half an effort to understand genetic modification.
    Edited by: "itsjustme" 30th Mar
    19p at my local
    Mad to think anyone can actually grow, harvest, clean, package and transport 2.5kgs of anything for that price. Do Aldi make a loss, or do they just screw over the farmer in return for normal orders the rest of the time?
    odom4 m ago

    Mad to think anyone can actually grow, harvest, clean, package and …Mad to think anyone can actually grow, harvest, clean, package and transport 2.5kgs of anything for that price. Do Aldi make a loss, or do they just screw over the farmer in return for normal orders the rest of the time?


    It's called a loss leader.
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    Jetset19812 h, 26 m ago

    Already posted


    Yes, you are correct, their vegetable selection was posted. However, for Aldi to include (more expensive) potatoes is unusual and very good value. Worth a highlight, don't you think?
    Paul_Luff4 m ago

    However, for Aldi to include (more expensive) potatoes is unusual and very …However, for Aldi to include (more expensive) potatoes is unusual and very good value. Worth a highlight, don't you think?


    Not really given they do this at Easter and Christmas.
    qbs3 h, 31 m ago

    And for anybody that hadn't noticedDon't know if Aldi sell these vile …And for anybody that hadn't noticedDon't know if Aldi sell these vile things, but avoid at all costs. Don't agree with his comments on rice and pasta but he's spot on about Harmony.


    Haha that is funny
    Tried these for chips yesterday bloody horrible not like the Maris Piper i normally get which are real good chippers but ok for 29p
    itsjustme2 h, 39 m ago

    I don't know what Harmony taste like but there is so much nonsense in that …I don't know what Harmony taste like but there is so much nonsense in that article that I can't take it seriously at all.Anyone who is supposed to be an expert gardner should at least make half an effort to understand genetic modification.


    It's meant to be tongue in cheek, though the gist is spot on. I don't know what you're on about re genetic modification. What he said was
    " I am not aware of it being a genetically modified variety, but if ever my imagination was to consider the taste of a GM spud Harmony would have it to a tee."
    and if you look here , they say
    "Harmony is ideally suited to the UK washing market, giving very high yields of bold bright tubers with low levels of outgrades. It has excellent storage characteristics with long natural dormancy and resistance to black dot, skin spot and bruising"

    Time has shown that industrial food production, genetic or otherwise, is more concerned with yield and keeping quality rather than flavour.
    Harmony potatoes are a classic example, and probably the worst I've had the misfortune to experience.

    But if you want to try them, go ahead. Then come back on here and tell us all they were delicious, or even edible.
    Paul_Luff1 h, 32 m ago

    Yes, you are correct, their vegetable selection was posted. However, for …Yes, you are correct, their vegetable selection was posted. However, for Aldi to include (more expensive) potatoes is unusual and very good value. Worth a highlight, don't you think?


    Definitely. The point was to highlight the veg as well as that's gone off the front page.
    qbs25 m ago

    It's meant to be tongue in cheek, though the gist is spot on. I don't know …It's meant to be tongue in cheek, though the gist is spot on. I don't know what you're on about re genetic modification. What he said was " I am not aware of it being a genetically modified variety, but if ever my imagination was to consider the taste of a GM spud Harmony would have it to a tee." and if you look here , they say "Harmony is ideally suited to the UK washing market, giving very high yields of bold bright tubers with low levels of outgrades. It has excellent storage characteristics with long natural dormancy and resistance to black dot, skin spot and bruising"Time has shown that industrial food production, genetic or otherwise, is more concerned with yield and keeping quality rather than flavour.Harmony potatoes are a classic example, and probably the worst I've had the misfortune to experience.But if you want to try them, go ahead. Then come back on here and tell us all they were delicious, or even edible.


    Genetic modification is largely what we've been doing for 100s of years, just fast tracked. We don't need to cross and then back cross through a whole load of generations to introduce a desired trait.

    A lot of genetic modification, in the context of how it is currently implemented, would not have any impact on taste, it's largely aimed at things like introducing natural defences from other species. Saying something tastes genetically modified is niave and nonsensical and not a comment I would expect from someone who should have some knowledge of breeding and enhancing plants.
    itsjustme57 m ago

    Genetic modification is largely what we've been doing for 100s of years, …Genetic modification is largely what we've been doing for 100s of years, just fast tracked. We don't need to cross and then back cross through a whole load of generations to introduce a desired trait.A lot of genetic modification, in the context of how it is currently implemented, would not have any impact on taste, it's largely aimed at things like introducing natural defences from other species. Saying something tastes genetically modified is niave and nonsensical and not a comment I would expect from someone who should have some knowledge of breeding and enhancing plants.


    "Genetic modification is largely what we've been doing for 100s of years"

    Rubbish. GM and selective breeding have very little in common. GM has the capability to introduce genes to a target that wouldn't otherwise get there in millions of years by either cross breeding or natural evolution.

    "introducing natural defences from other species." Don't you mean, among other things, resistance to Monsanto (and others) money making general purpose weed killers?
    I don't know if you've any experience of agriculture or have ever seen a field, but even an idiot can see the damage done by Monsanto et al's practices. Monoculture at it's worst, with all that comes with that.

    Contrary to what you seem to think you read, what he said was " but if ever my imagination was to consider the taste of a GM spud"Note the use of the word "imagination".

    The most obvious thing missing from this is any reference to eating quality. Strange when it's exclusively about a basic foodstuff.

    Don't know about you, but I'm peckish, so I'm off to boil some Mozarts - red skinned and absolutely delicious.
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    qbs22 m ago

    "Genetic modification is largely what we've been doing for 100s of …"Genetic modification is largely what we've been doing for 100s of years"Rubbish. GM and selective breeding have very little in common. GM has the capability to introduce genes to a target that wouldn't otherwise get there in millions of years by either cross breeding or natural evolution."introducing natural defences from other species." Don't you mean, among other things, resistance to Monsanto (and others) money making general purpose weed killers? I don't know if you've any experience of agriculture or have ever seen a field, but even an idiot can see the damage done by Monsanto et al's practices. Monoculture at it's worst, with all that comes with that.Contrary to what you seem to think you read, what he said was " but if ever my imagination was to consider the taste of a GM spud"Note the use of the word "imagination".The most obvious thing missing from this is any reference to eating quality. Strange when it's exclusively about a basic foodstuff.Don't know about you, but I'm peckish, so I'm off to boil some Mozarts - red skinned and absolutely delicious.


    Selective breeding and introgression IS genetic modification.

    While it's easy to focus on a few negative examples, that's not really what genetic modification is really all about. The GM potatoes available, for instance, literally use genes from other potato breeds. It could have been done by cross breeding and selection but the GM approach is faster and more targeted. Is a product which reduces pesticide and fertiliser use a bad thing? And any sane person imagining what they will taste like would think they taste like the parent potato breeds.
    itsjustme7 h, 14 m ago

    Selective breeding and introgression IS genetic modification.While it's …Selective breeding and introgression IS genetic modification.While it's easy to focus on a few negative examples, that's not really what genetic modification is really all about. The GM potatoes available, for instance, literally use genes from other potato breeds. It could have been done by cross breeding and selection but the GM approach is faster and more targeted. Is a product which reduces pesticide and fertiliser use a bad thing? And any sane person imagining what they will taste like would think they taste like the parent potato breeds.


    What I'm referring to, and I'm sure the writer of the article was referring to was the production, by GM in whatever form, of poor quality food.
    Sticking to the humble spud, the idea of producing drought, disease and pest resistant tubers that also store well is perfectly laudable, but when the end product is, like many modern varieties of potato, at best tasteless, or, in the case of Harmony, is just plain inedible, something's gone wrong.

    But if you're as confident as you seem with the process, then please head off to Morrisons or some other purveyor of these horrible "potatoes" , try them, and come back and tell us how wonderful they were.
    qbs12 m ago

    What I'm referring to, and I'm sure the writer of the article was …What I'm referring to, and I'm sure the writer of the article was referring to was the production, by GM in whatever form, of poor quality food. Sticking to the humble spud, the idea of producing drought, disease and pest resistant tubers that also store well is perfectly laudable, but when the end product is, like many modern varieties of potato, at best tasteless, or, in the case of Harmony, is just plain inedible, something's gone wrong.But if you're as confident as you seem with the process, then please head off to Morrisons or some other purveyor of these horrible "potatoes" , try them, and come back and tell us how wonderful they were.


    What "genetically modified" crop has been judged to be insuperior in taste? You seem to have missed the point here. Harmony is not a result of genetic modification, it's a cross. A GM potato would have the benefits of Harmony potatoes but because this is achieved through the introduction of select genes, and not extra genes that come along for the ride, would taste exactly like the parent product. Something an expert gardner should be well aware of.

    Because of EU laws Morrisons would have no interest in a GM product. They'd rather spend millions on old fashioned breeding programmes. In contrast 3 parent children is apparently completely OK despite huge reservations from the scientific community.
    Edited by: "itsjustme" 31st Mar
    itsjustme52 m ago

    What "genetically modified" crop has been judged to be insuperior in …What "genetically modified" crop has been judged to be insuperior in taste? You seem to have missed the point here. Harmony is not a result of genetic modification, it's a cross. A GM potato would have the benefits of Harmony potatoes but because this is achieved through the introduction of select genes, and not extra genes that come along for the ride, would taste exactly like the parent product. Something an expert gardner should be well aware of. Because of EU laws Morrisons would have no interest in a GM product. They'd rather spend millions on old fashioned breeding programmes. In contrast 3 parent children is apparently completely OK despite huge reservations from the scientific community.


    "What "genetically modified" crop has been judged to be insuperior in taste?" What the heck is "insuperior"? Do you mean inferior by any chance?

    One minute, you're saying "Selective breeding and introgression IS genetic modification", the next you're saying "Harmony is not a result of genetic modification, it's a cross" Make your mind up.

    "would taste exactly like the parent product" That's total rubbish. Selective breeding, long before high speed GM, has removed flavour from many varieties of fruit and vegetables, in an attempt to give higher yields and longer shelf life.
    You maybe just aren't old enough to remember the delights of fruit that had flavour and texture, let alone the delights of the humble, but tasty, spud.

    Now off you go back to Wiki for your next ramble.
    The best sign of losing an argument is when you start pulling people up on their vocabulary rather than an actual argument.

    Selective breeding is genetic modification, you are modifying the genome. I could put put "genetic modification" in quotation marks everytime I referred to production of GM crops through introduction of genes via genetic engineering. But I thought the discussion was past that point. If I refer to it as genetic engineering would that make you more comfortable?

    And you are still missing the point. Selective breeding is inefficient genetic modification, you make sacrifices because it's incredibly difficult to introduce just the gene you want. As a consequence you get other genes that may have negative effects through the process. Genetic engineering does exactly the same thing without the negative effects.

    Maybe you should spend more time on Wikipedia it's actually a really good starting point to get information about all these things. And it provides references to real scientific literature on such subjects. Rather than internet rants from people who don't understand what they are talking about.
    Edited by: "itsjustme" 31st Mar
    itsjustme12 h, 36 m ago

    The best sign of losing an argument is when you start pulling people up on …The best sign of losing an argument is when you start pulling people up on their vocabulary rather than an actual argument.Selective breeding is genetic modification, you are modifying the genome. I could put put "genetic modification" in quotation marks everytime I referred to production of GM crops through introduction of genes via genetic engineering. But I thought the discussion was past that point. If I refer to it as genetic engineering would that make you more comfortable? And you are still missing the point. Selective breeding is inefficient genetic modification, you make sacrifices because it's incredibly difficult to introduce just the gene you want. As a consequence you get other genes that may have negative effects through the process. Genetic engineering does exactly the same thing without the negative effects.Maybe you should spend more time on Wikipedia it's actually a really good starting point to get information about all these things. And it provides references to real scientific literature on such subjects. Rather than internet rants from people who don't understand what they are talking about.


    "The best sign of losing an argument is when you start pulling people up on their vocabulary rather than an actual argument."
    Tosh. Just difficult to follow an argument if it's impossible to understand what you're on about.

    "Wikipedia it's actually a really good starting point to get information" More correctly, the greatest source of misinformation since Joseph Goebbels.

    But you're bogged down in semantics and can't even agree with yourself whether it's genetic engineering, genetic modification, cross breeding or whatever.

    The point is that the "process" is and has been used to produce food that's pest resistant, stores well, travels well etc etc, but in many cases, and Harmony "potatoes" are about the worst I've encountered, are tasteless.
    qbs1 h, 17 m ago

    "The best sign of losing an argument is when you start pulling people up …"The best sign of losing an argument is when you start pulling people up on their vocabulary rather than an actual argument." Tosh. Just difficult to follow an argument if it's impossible to understand what you're on about."Wikipedia it's actually a really good starting point to get information" More correctly, the greatest source of misinformation since Joseph Goebbels.But you're bogged down in semantics and can't even agree with yourself whether it's genetic engineering, genetic modification, cross breeding or whatever.The point is that the "process" is and has been used to produce food that's pest resistant, stores well, travels well etc etc, but in many cases, and Harmony "potatoes" are about the worst I've encountered, are tasteless.


    It seems to be you that's confused. Genetic modification can be done through genetic engineering which is the process people refer to when they discuss GM crops. Selective breeding and crossing is also genetic modification. They both result in an altered genome as a result of human induced change. I'm not sure why this confuses you.

    Harmony potatoes are not genetically engineered. If they were they wouldn't be allowed to be sold in the UK. There is no reason why a genetically engineered product would be tasteless because scientists have such fine control over what genes they introduce. But you seem to intent on maintaining this misconception about GM crops.

    As for Wikipedia it's well maintained usually by people that have a huge amount of knowledge on the subject and people are constantly fact checking changes which are made to pages. Articles tend to be properly referenced with peer reviewed literature so you can go and check the facts. It's an excellent resource if used properly.
    Edited by: "itsjustme" 31st Mar
    itsjustme53 m ago

    It seems to be you that's confused. Genetic modification can be done …It seems to be you that's confused. Genetic modification can be done through genetic engineering which is the process people refer to when they discuss GM crops. Selective breeding and crossing is also genetic modification. They both result in an altered genome as a result of human induced change. I'm not sure why this confuses you.Harmony potatoes are not genetically engineered. If they were they wouldn't be allowed to be sold in the UK. There is no reason why a genetically engineered product would be tasteless because scientists have such fine control over what genes they introduce. But you seem to intent on maintaining this misconception about GM crops. As for Wikipedia it's well maintained usually by people that have a huge amount of knowledge on the subject and people are constantly fact checking changes which are made to pages. Articles tend to be properly referenced with peer reviewed literature so you can go and check the facts. It's an excellent resource if used properly.


    No confusion.

    Nobody ever said Harmony potatoes were genetically engineered, though you're the one who said cross breeding and genetic engineering are essentially the same with only the time scales being different.

    "As for Wikipedia......" In your dreams.
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