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The Resource Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit, Barry Estabrook

Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit, Barry Estabrook

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Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit
Title
Tomatoland
Title remainder
how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit
Statement of responsibility
Barry Estabrook
Title variation
Tomato land
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases
  • Supermarket produce sections bulging with a year-round supply of perfectly round, bright red-orange tomatoes have become all but a national birthright. But in Tomatoland, which is based on his James Beard Award-winning article, "The Price of Tomatoes," investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry. Fields are sprayed with more than one hundred different herbicides and pesticides. Tomatoes are picked hard and green and artificially gassed until their skins acquire a marketable hue. Modern plant breeding has tripled yields, but has also produced fruits with dramatically reduced amounts of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and tomatoes that have fourteen times more sodium than the tomatoes our parents enjoyed. The relentless drive for low costs has fostered a thriving modern-day slave trade in the United States. How have we come to this point? Estabrook traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to the impoverished town of Immokalee, Florida, a.k.a. the tomato capital of the United States. He visits the laboratories of seedsmen trying to develop varieties that can withstand the rigors of agribusiness and still taste like a garden tomato, and then moves on to commercial growers who operate on tens of thousands of acres, and eventually to a hillside field in Pennsylvania, where he meets an obsessed farmer who produces delectable tomatoes for the nation's top restaurants.--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Estabrook, Barry
Dewey number
635.642
Index
index present
LC call number
SB349
LC item number
.E78 2011
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
SB349
NAL item number
.E88 2011
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural ecology
  • Agricultural ecology
  • Agriculture
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural ecology
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Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit, Barry Estabrook
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-206) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : On the tomato trail -- Roots -- A tomato grows in Florida -- Chemical warfare -- From the hands of a slave -- An unfair fight -- A penny per pound -- Matters of taste -- Building a better tomato -- Tomatoman -- Epilogue : Wild things
Control code
ocn687675277
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 220 pages
Isbn
9781449401092
Lccn
2010937751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
050837279360
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781449401092
  • (OCoLC)687675277
Label
Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit, Barry Estabrook
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-206) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : On the tomato trail -- Roots -- A tomato grows in Florida -- Chemical warfare -- From the hands of a slave -- An unfair fight -- A penny per pound -- Matters of taste -- Building a better tomato -- Tomatoman -- Epilogue : Wild things
Control code
ocn687675277
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 220 pages
Isbn
9781449401092
Lccn
2010937751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
050837279360
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781449401092
  • (OCoLC)687675277

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