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Where do tomatoes go to get their reputation back?
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tomato sales are off 30 to 40% due to the recent salmonella outbreak, however the FDA now thinks it may be hot peppers which are to blame. The outbreak has caused some tomato growers to plow under their crop and plant something else. The market is now only at the breakeven point for tomato growers who've hung on.

Of course some growers, understandably, aren't real happy with the FDA:
"They can't find what's causing it (the outbreak) and they don't want to admit they've made a mistake," he says. "But this is destroying us."
I predict a tomato shortage and higher prices. I assume then that some politician is going to jump in and lament the price increase. We'll import tomatoes to pick up the slack. Some other pol is going to criticize our dependence on foreign tomatoes. And a third pol will demand we grow here first and perhaps subsidize our tomato growers and even give them a tax break.

So buck up tomato growers - this is just the beginning of the normal cycle. If you can get a politician interested, you can make out like bandits - no pun intended.
 
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what do you expect after 8 years of gutting the FDA? ohh well just let market forces take care of it even if a few thousand people get sick.
 
Written By: slntax
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I think you missed the real cause of the problem.....evil tomato speculators.

WE NEED LEGISLATION!
 
Written By: shark
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FDA:

FY 2000 budget $1,351,019
FY 2004 budget $1.7 billion
[...]
FY 2007 budget $1,947,282,000
FY 2008 budget $2.1 billion
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Q: Where do tomatoes go to get their reputation back?
A: My back yard. Taco Salad, anyone?
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
McQ, I’m sure that’s "gutted" in the same sense that when you raise something’s budget only 10% instead of 20%, you get to call that 50% reduction. (Man, I hate that game.)
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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What Jeremy said! Those increases were cleverly disguised CUTBACKS!
What’s the matter with you? When will you rightwing nutjobs understand these simple facts?
 
Written By: looker
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Any actual evidence the FDA ever protected us?
 
Written By: Don
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"I predict a tomato shortage"

Too late. I don’t know what those round red things in the supermarket are, but they ain’t tomatoes.
 
Written By: timactual
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Tim:

Apples.
 
Written By: Bithead
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"Apples."

LOL.
Sadly, the only way to tell the difference is the interior color. Texture is much the same.
 
Written By: timactual
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