A Sufferer from TDS (Tomato Deprivation Syndrome) Dreams about the Days of Brandywines and Roses

My favorite garden catalog arrived this week. I am an unabashed lover of tomatoes – real tomatoes that I grow in the summer, not the tough, tasteless orbs that pass for tomatoes in supermarkets this time of year. So I immediately flipped the pages until I found the tomato section and began gazing longingly at […]

“Let Me Just Say It, Buy this Book.” Sam Fromartz, Author of “Organic, Inc.” Reviewing “Tomatoland” at Chews Wise

Over the past few years, a slew of food books have appeared on everything from oysters to oranges, Twinkies to beans. Heck, I’m even writing one about grains and bread, which explains my relative absence here recently. But in Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook takes what might appear […]

The New York Times Reviews Tomatoland

Jonathan Lethem has seen the future of agribusiness, and that future is strange. In his novel “Girl in Landscape” (1998), he imagined humans inhabiting a new planet where meals grow inside “potatoes” that can be planted and harvested. Among the flavors: meat, cake and tea. “Fish,” one character announces, as if he were Ferran Adrià, […]

Tomatoland: Estabrook Talks Tomato with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross

If you bite into a tomato between the months of October and June, chances are that tomato came from Florida. The Sunshine State accounts for one-third of all fresh tomatoes produced in the United States — and virtually all of the tomatoes raised during the fall and winter seasons. But the tomatoes grown in Florida […]

Join the Great Tomato Debate: Tim Worstall of Forbes and Adam Smith vs. Me

Tim Worstall of Forbes took me to task earlier this week for some opinions expressed in my book, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Has Ruined Our Most Alluring Fruit. Read his broadside below, followed by my reply.   Mr. Worstall writes: Here’s an extract from a new book by Barry Estabrook called Tomatoland. Essentially, it’s a […]

Time on “Tomatoland.” Read the review

Estabrook gives the history, science and politics of the tomato, all in service of laying the blame for the ruination of a wonderful fruit. He looks through the lens of the fast-spreading movement to draw attention to the sources and quality of our food. In that, he taught me a lot—not just about farmer’s markets […]

Mark Bittman: The True Cost of Tomatoes

Mass-produced tomatoes have become redder, more tender and slightly more flavorful than the crunchy orange “cello-wrapped” specimens of a couple of decades ago, but the lives of the workers who grow and pick them haven’t improved much since Edward R. Murrow’s revealing and deservedly famous Harvest of Shame report of 1960, which contained the infamous […]

Estabrook Goes to Tomato School and Learns about the New Rights Farmworkers Have Won under the CIW Fair Food Agreement

Last week, I attended tomato school. Sitting in a room at a packing plant near Immokalee in southwest Florida with about 50 migrant laborers, I learned that I had a right to earn a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, could take regular breaks in a shady area provided by the farm—including a lunch break. […]

Introducing “Tomatoland,” My Soon to be Released Book about What Industrial Agriculture Has Done to Our Most Alluring Fruit

  To be Published in June Click here to place an advance order with Amazon Click here to place an advance order with Barnes & Noble Click here to place an advance order with Borders Click here to place an advance order with Indiebound Click here to place an advance order with Powell’s   What the […]