Okay, technically it’s a fruit, but whether you consider it a fruit or vegetable, the bottom line is you never buy tomatoes at the grocery store. Surprised? Chances are, you’ve never had a tomato from a farmers market then! The taste alone should be enough to keep you from buying bland tomatoes from the grocery store, but if it’s not, this will be: Farmers in Florida, where one third of the country’s tomatoes are grown, apply five times as much fungicide and six times as much pesticide as farmers in California and other states shipping out the red veggie.
And that’s not all. According to Rodale, slavery of illegal immigrants on tomato farms is a persistent problem in Florida.
Perhaps it’s time to find a farmers market near you? Better yet, grow them in your backyard! With a little love and attention, you can grow your very own delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes. Get some gardening tips here!