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Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

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Supermarket produce sections bulging with a year-round supply of perfectly round, bright red-orange tomatoes have become all but a national birthright. But in Tomatoland, which is based on his James Beard Award-winning article, "The Price of Tomatoes," investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry. Fields are sprayed with more than one hundred different herbicides and pesticides. Tomatoes are picked hard and green and artificially gassed until their skins acquire a marketable hue. Modern plant breeding has tripled yields, but has also produced fruits with dramatically reduced amounts of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and tomatoes that have fourteen times more sodium than the tomatoes our parents enjoyed. The relentless drive for low costs has fostered a thriving modern-day slave trade in the United States. How have we come to this point?

Estabrook traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to the impoverished town of Immokalee, Florida, a.k.a. the tomato capital of the United States. He visits the laboratories of seedsmen trying to develop varieties that can withstand the rigors of agribusiness and still taste like a garden tomato, and then moves on to commercial growers who operate on tens of thousands of acres, and eventually to a hillside field in Pennsylvania, where he meets an obsessed farmer who produces delectable tomatoes for the nation's top restaurants.

Throughout Tomatoland, Estabrook presents a who's who cast of characters in the tomato industry: the avuncular octogenarian whose conglomerate grows one out of every eight tomatoes eaten in the United States; the ex-Marine who heads the group that dictates the size, color, and shape of every tomato shipped out of Florida; the U.S. attorney who has doggedly prosecuted human traffickers for the past decade; and the Guatemalan peasant who came north to earn money for his parents' medical bills and found himself enslaved for two years.

Tomatoland reads like a suspenseful whodunit as well as an expose of today's agribusiness systems and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases.

Synopsis:

Investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases.

Table of Contents

On the tomato trail — Roots — A tomato grows in Florida — Chemical warfare — From the hands of a slave — An unfair fight — A penny per pound — Matters of taste — Building a better tomato — Tomatoman — Wild things.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781449408411
Subtitle:
How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author:
Estabrook, Barry
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Food and Famine
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20110607
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
220

Related Subjects

Business » General
Cooking and Food » By Ingredient » Fruit
Cooking and Food » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Agronomy
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Crop Science
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Sustainable Living

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"Synopsis" by , Investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases.
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