03 Jan '12, 7pm

It's Organic, but Is It Natural?

A worker at a packaging plant in San José del Cabo, Mexico, pours out tomatoes for sorting. Irregularly shaped ones with minor blemishes will not be exported like the others. My article over the weekend on Mexico’s booming market in organic tomatoes bound for the United States raises an important question: Do Americans really need to eat organic tomatoes in the winter, when they are hard to grow naturally here? During the years I lived in Italy – which arguably boasts the world’s most exquisite and varied tomato cultivation — it would have been sacrilege to eat tomatoes out of season. When tomatoes were not growing in the Mediterranean, there were simply no tomatoes to be found in Italian supermarkets. Today, a global food supply chain can increasingly provide every type of produce every day of the year, organic or conventional, in many places in the United States. Today, ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/its-organic-but...

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