tomatoland

This is part two of our conversation with Barry Estabrook, food journalist and author of Tomatoland. In yesterday’s post, Barry discussed how transparency can help remedy some of the modern-day farm labor abuses. He also named some of the great local producers in and around his home state of Vermont.   Today, Estabrook shares some of the small, local producers that are going against the grain of large-scale industrial agriculture, particularly in the Central Valley of California.  “I talked with a famous organic farmer, and he went on about how good we have it in Vermont — how easy the food movement in Vermont is,” says Estabrook.  “He was comparing it to the Central Valley...
Summer is in full swing in New Hampshire, but the first local field tomatoes won’t appear for a few more weeks. Yet, most consumers have grown accustomed to the everlasting supply of tomatoes on supermarket shelves nationwide. Where do these tomatoes come from and what’s the real cost of what we pay for a tomato in March? In Tomatoland: how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit, food journalist Barry Estabrook follows our winter tomatoes back to the vine in...South Florida.  Estabrook follows the life of a supermarket tomato revealing, “the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry” and tells us “why supermarket tomatoes tend to...