Dan Barber Blames Tomato Blight on Home Gardeners


In a Times op-ed yesterday about this seasons late blight on tomatoes, Dan Barber points out that it wasnt just a wet, cool summer that created perfect conditions for the fungus, but more gardeners. [T]he explosion of home gardeners the very people most conscious of buying local food and opting out of the conventional-food chain has paradoxically set the stage for the worst local tomato harvest in memory, writes Barber. One solution: Start your garden with local plants. A tomato plant that travels 2,000 miles is no different from a tomato that has traveled 2,000 miles to your plate, he admonishes.

You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster [NYT]