October 2, 2011
I told my fellow horticultural friends of this book and was warned that it's a bit of a 'chicken little' of conventional farming. I don't know if this will be the case but the warning was well deserved - it is important to be a critical reader and observer. So, while I read this book and review it for this blog, I'll make sure to keep my mind both open and critical. I'm a trained horticulturalist and so I will focus most on understanding and discussing the horticulture and agronomy aspects - I can say little on the validity of slavery claims.
Where I live, we grow a lot of canning tomatoes - Sacramento is referred to as "Sactomento" because of this. The central valley in California is great for tomatoes because of hot and dry summers. And luckily for me, friends, co-workers, and local farming operations all grow and provide fantastic and flavorful tomatoes. This book talks about a completely different beast of tomatoes, one that doesn't compare to what I've made into a couple gallons of tomato soup and sauce today - year round grocery store tomatoes. Stay tuned for the synopsis!