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Originally Posted by John Timmer 
Thanks to decades of breeding, the modern agricultural tomato has a lot of properties that are great for farmers: the plants are incredibly productive, and the resulting tomatoes hold up well to shipping. Just one small problem: they are nearly tasteless. Heirloom tomato strains have become available precisely because people aren't especially interested in the mass-produced, modern tomato.

In the words of a panel at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of science, we "broke" the tomato by allowing the plant breeders to respond to the needs of farmers, instead of the tomato's end-users: consumers. As a result, their breeding has produced a product that most people don't actually enjoy eating. And that's a public health issue, given that tomato-rich diets have been associated with a variety of beneficial effects.

Fortunately, the panel featured a number of people who are trying to fix the tomato using up-to-date biochemistry and genetics.

We broke the tomato, and we’re using science to fix it


Long story short, we genetically bred the tomato to be robust, but at the same time bred out the flavor, now they're trying to get the flavor back without losing the other desirable traits.
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Imagine that, humans trying to fix something that we broke. Never heard that before rolleyes.gif
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Now, if we can only do that for pizza... rolleyes.gif
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SCIENCE!!!
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This is so true.

My garden tomatoes are super juicy with a rich red color. They taste AMAZING.
Store bought tomatoes just taste like... I mean you can tell they are tomatoes but then they aren't.
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SCIENCE!!!

...is what screwed it up in the first place
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Imagine that, humans trying to fix something that we broke. Never heard that before rolleyes.gif

Imagine that the consumer complaining that the producer met one of their big demands (quantity and low price) and then complaining about it later. rolleyes.gif

Good god y'all. I suppose the poor and hungry really care about the taste of a tomato over just being able to eat one. How selfish.

Economics: Quantity or Quality; pick one but not both.
     
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Imagine that the consumer complaining that the producer met one of their big demands (quantity and low price) and then complaining about it later. rolleyes.gif

Good god y'all. I suppose the poor and hungry really care about the taste of a tomato over just being able to eat one. How selfish.

Economics: Quantity or Quality; pick one but not both.

Tomato seeds cost anywhere from FREE to $3.00. They are fairly easy to keep during the growing season and produce non-stop. They also taste x1000 better than the mass produced Mexico shipped product that fills most stores all year round.

The store tomato is often more expensive than growing one yourself.
If you hate gardening you can get something like a Topsy Turvy and grow your own tomatoes All Year Long in your kitchen.
https://www.topsyturvy.com/?MID=815388&gclid=CObV9YL7wrUCFcme4AodtyYA7Q

More like consumers being lazy accepting bland food in our stores, and just now realizing that cheaper produce tastes better.
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post

Imagine that the consumer complaining that the producer met one of their big demands (quantity and low price) and then complaining about it later. rolleyes.gif

Good god y'all. I suppose the poor and hungry really care about the taste of a tomato over just being able to eat one. How selfish.

Economics: Quantity or Quality; pick one but not both.

I dunno, my family's been growing their own food for as long as I can remember (30+ years). We've always had enough vegetables for ourselves, 3-4 other families, with some leftover for the local food bank. Not sure I agree that quantity vs quality is an either/or, seems like the process is inefficient. But what do I know, just been growing my own vegetables for the last couple decades, I'm sure you're more of an expert on it than I am
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Now, if we can only do that for pizza... rolleyes.gif

No. Pizza is fine where it is. The problem is, is that, traditional pizza was bad.
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