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November 15, 2006, 9:53 pm
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Don’t Get a Hard’n

Or as Guy Clark says “Pick you a ripe one,” but when it comes to tomatoes that’s getting harder to do.

Just finished Joan Dye Gussow’s This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader, who among other things spends a chapter dissecting the Great Tomato Fraud that has been perpetrated upon the country.

Tomatoes.jpgGussow deals with this and other quandries as we become more and more alienated from our food sources. Here are a couple of good quotes from the “Eat My Yard” chapter:

Because my “farm” is only 1,000 square feet of growing space twenty minutes north of NYC, I couldn’t really feed myself if I wanted to. But I do grow all my own vegetables, and I therefore eat differently than most people — better, I think. In deciding what to eat, I bind myself to the seasons, augmented by what a small upright freezer will hold.If we want to be responsible to ourselves and the planet, then the best most of us can do most of the time is to shorten the chain from the farm to our table, get as close to the producer as possible whenever we can, and for the rest, until the food system unwinds, take a chance on regulatory agencies we don’t really trust.

I love the inevitablity of our food system unwinding!Here’s another good one:

. . . my assumption about consumption has always been that it is better not to. Not buying, I was convinced, was more righteous than buying. If you could grow it or make it or remake it, you were a better person for it.

And here are some goodies from the flap copy:

It takes three pounds of wild caught fish to raise one pound of farm-raised salmon.It takes 435 fossil-fuel calories to fly a five calorie strawberry from California to New York.

Besides the one non-bearing tomato plant that I’ve been growing, the only other thing I do to get closer to production is order our vegetables from Kretschmann Farm. But interesting things are happening in Pittsburgh, including the Urban Farming Initiative, who seek to grow Pittsburgh by growing Pittsburgh.

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