11 Jul '11, 8pm

You Say Tomato, I Say Pesticide-Laden, Unsavory Fruit of Slave Labor:

You Say Tomato, I Say Pesticide-Laden, Unsavory Fruit of Slave Labor:

For most of the country, the dawning of the tomato season is upon us. Proud backyard gardeners are strolling out to their tomato plants to find the beginnings of red globes and heirloom varieties signaling a healthy spring investment, and a promised August payoff (providing insects and fungus remain at bay). And farmer’s markets are showing off some of the early tomatoes and selling them fast as people could say “gazpacho” or “salsa.” But as novel as the appearance of fresh grown summer tomatoes may be for some of us, tomatoes have become a year round mainstay in supermarkets around the country. In fact, walk into a Wal-Mart or any major grocery chain in the dead of winter and you will find impressively red and robust tomatoes piled nose-high and being sold for a reasonable price. So why get so excited about these rarified summer tomatoes when we have something approximate...

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