I must confess that I was not entirely surprised to read that the results of ‘mass-produced agriculture’ can sometimes be less than satisfactory. Allow me to summaries some of the human and environmental effects of using using ‘modern industrial production systems’ to grow tomatoes :

What I was surprised by however, is that this description is not from some small village, in some third-world country. This story is unfolding just a couple of hundred miles south of Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Now guess what this ‘modern industrial production systems’ can achieve in some far-flung district of a poor third-world country.

Consider reading this book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit By James Beard who originally wrote the award-winning article, “The Price of Tomatoes,”

First published on September 12, 2011

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