9781449401092

Tomatoland How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

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  • ISBN13:

    9781449401092

  • ISBN10:

    1449401090

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/7/2011
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

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Summary

InTomatoland, based on his James Beard Award-winning article, investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $10 billion fresh tomato industry. Fields are sprayed with 130 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 produced fruits with a fraction of the calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and three times as much sodium as the tomatoes our parents enjoyed. And for what? The relentless drive for low costs has fostered a thriving modern-day slave trade in the United States.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 hydroponic growers, and eventually to a hillside field in Pennsylvania, where he meets an obsessed farmer who produces delectable tomatoes for the nation's top restaurants.

Author Biography



James Beard Award-winning journalist Barry Estabrook was a contributing editor at Gourmet magazine for eight years, writing investigative articles about where food comes from. He was the founding editor of Eating Well magazine and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, Audubon, and the Washington Post, and contributes regularly to The Atlantic Monthly's website. His work has been anthologized in the Best American Food Writing series, and he has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows. He lives and grows tomatoes in his garden in Vermont.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: On the Tomato Trailp. ix
Rootsp. 1
A Tomato Grows in Floridap. 19
Chemical Warfarep. 35
From the Hands of a Slavep. 73
An Unfair Fightp. 97
A Penny per Poundp. 121
Matters of Tastep. 139
Building a Better Tomatop. 153
Tomatomanp. 175
Epilogue: Wild Thingsp. 191
Notesp. 194
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 207
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