17 Jul '11, 3pm

Beer and Tomatoes: Sacrificing Quality for Quantity: This week, I watched a fascinating documentary called Beer

Beer and Tomatoes: Sacrificing Quality for Quantity: This week, I watched a fascinating documentary called Beer

This week, I watched a fascinating documentary called Beer Wars and I heard an excellent interview on NPR with Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit . Both the film and the book center around the argument that modern food production sacrifices quality for quantity. In Tomatoland , Eastbrook discusses the ridiculousness of, for example, having tomatoes readily available in the middle of January. Modern tomato farming, he explains, strives to produce as many tomatoes as possible and to make them available 365 days a year. The result is flavorless tomatoes that are pumped full of all kinds of nasty chemicals. Similarly, in Beer Wars , Anat Baron explains that the brewing industry in the United States is dominated by Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Coors. In order to maintain their enormous shares of the market, ...

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