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Omnivore - Who turned tomatoes into crap?

NPR interviews the author of Tomatoland

Image The tomato is receiving its usual attention this summer — particularly in the form of the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival next week at JCT Kitchen. It benefits Georgia Organics and is always a guaranteed good time.

It's certainly possible to still buy good-tasting tomatoes, but for the most part, grocery-store tomatoes are awful. I grew up mainly eating and hating the latter. Then, soon after I finished undergrad, I moved to Elberton, Ga., for my first newspaper job. A neighbor left a bag of tomatoes from her garden on my front porch and rocked my mouth's world. Seriously, it was one of those moments that I'll never forget.

If you've ever wondered what happened to good-tasting tomatoes, check out NPR's interview with Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.

A sample of the interview: