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Posted on 21 December 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Industry Trying to Climb Its Way Back

By Michelle Fabio

The economy isn’t looking good anywhere, but tomato growers are slowly getting back in the produce game after the several months-long salmonella scare earlier this year, according to an article in the Bradenton Herald in Florida.

Lower prices are encouraging consumers to come back to tomatoes, which is great for tomato growers, but now they have even more concerns, including food safety and new regulations mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) such as restrictions on soil fumigants that combat pests, diseases, and pathogens.

Tomato growers must also have a buffer zone between treated fields and home and schools.

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Posted on 03 December 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Dredging May Affect Tomatoes


Dredging May Affect Tomatoes

Photo Credit: New Bedford Harbor by brixton used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Michelle Fabio

On the surface, dredging and excavating contaminated marine sediments appears to be a smart environmental practice.

However, as reported in the latest issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, research on the New Bedford, Massachusetts harbor shows that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) used in the area between World War II and the 1970s have shown up on locally grown tomatoes.
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