Friday, September 02, 2011

Investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of bringing perfectly round, red tomatoes to supermarkets all year long. Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, based on his James Beard Award-winning article, "The Price of Tomatoes," traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to Immokalee, Florida, and investigates the herbicides and pesticides used on crops, why tomatoes have become less nutrient-rich, and how the drive for low cost fruit has fostered a modern-day slave trade in the United States.


Barry Estabrook

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I wrote two in-depth articles for Chelsea Now (Aug 11 & 19, 2010) about the Immokalee tomato workers in Florida and their struggle for higher wages and humane living/working conditions. They staged a protest last Aug. at Trader Joe's on Sixth Ave. & W. 21 St. This food chain has not signed on to the wage increase; right now, they earn 40-50 cents for every 32-lb. bucket. Shame on TJ's.

Sep. 02 2011 01:58 PM
Ken from Soho

What a disgusting topic. I shut the radio off. Tomatoes should be fed to pigs, not people!

Sep. 02 2011 01:57 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I found the Coalition of Immokalee Workers website: Looks like a good place to find out how to buy tomatoes without supporting the horrible practices Barry Estabrook has exposed, & what else you can do to oppose them.

Sep. 02 2011 01:56 PM

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