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  • Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barry Estabrook
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    Ray says: "Neat Book"
    "Racism Unwelcome!"
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    What would have made Tomatoland better?

    The premise of the story was what led me to purchase. However, after three blatantly racist remarks, I had to call it quits. I doubt Mr. Estabrook met many the tomato farmers of Florida who he characterized as middle-aged white men in the "good ole boys club" made up of "rednecks and crackers". I had really hoped for a story of the progression of industrial agriculture and how it impacted the tomato industry. Instead, with just about an hour into the book, the author takes repeated jabs at the farmers and opines that the current large-scale techniques are the result of farmers being white, not the market, demand, oppressive regulations etc.Shame on you Mr. Estabrook!


    What was most disappointing about Barry Estabrook’s story?

    His racism. I know he's white but I still found it offensive.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tomatoland?

    I think I would have left it as is. Otherwise it would be disingenuous for the reader to not be able to weigh the material in the milieu of the author's racist, South-loathing agenda.


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