Author Barry Estabrook to Lynne Rossetto Kasper on commercial farming practices:
"In Florida, most tomatoes are grown in sand. I don’t mean sandy loam or sandy soil; I mean sand, which has no more nutrition in it than what you’d find on Daytona Beach. So everything has to be fed to them. … The official Florida government handbook for commercial tomato growers lists more than 110 pesticides, fungicides and herbicides that can be spread on a field of tomatoes over the course of the season. Some of them are the EPA’s most toxic chemicals. Category 1 acute toxins. It basically means that they can kill you."
Estabrook’s segment begins at the 01:24 mark.
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