Tomato disasters

According to analyses conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 100 grams of fresh tomato today has 30 percent less vitamin C, 30 percent less thiamin, 19 percent less niacin, and 62 percent less calcium than it did in the 1960s. But the modern tomato does shame its 1960s counterpart in one area: It contains fourteen times as much sodium.

from Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, by Barry Estabrook

Of course, those 1960s tomatoes were constantly smoking and playing grabass with helpless female bystanders (not to mention all the racism) so I think we have to ask ourselves if this is an unmitigated change for the worse.

I’m kidding. That’s pretty bad.

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1 Response to Tomato disasters

  1. crisgzr says:

    is that only supermarket tomatoes? or the ones we grow in our garden?

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