Hugh Bollinger / Wednesday, June 22, 2011 / Categories: Uncategorized Tomatoes -- our national shame. I'm too young to remember a time when tomatoes weren't the rock-hard hand grenades they are today. It's only every once in a while that I get to taste a garden-grown heirloom tomato. It's like a different fruit. In "Tomatoland," Barry Estabrook writes about tomatoes as our national shame. Here's an excerpt. ... most Florida tomatoes are bred for hardness, picked when still firm and green (the merest trace of pink is taboo), and artificially gassed with ethylene in warehouses until they acquire the rosy red skin tones of a ripe tomato. And David von Drehle sums it up beautifully: "That's not a tomato; it’s a tennis ball." -- RC Previous Article Nature deficit disorder Next Article Climate of Denial Print 16 Rate this article: No rating Tags: reilly capps RiledUp tomatoes tomatoland von drehle Related articles A response to "moon truthers" Deadly priorities Goodbye shuttle The 'lazy-bones' theory of climate change 'Let's Move' program begins with individuals Please login or register to post comments.