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Arsenic is a Good Reason to Grow Your Own Tomatoes!

Updated on May 11, 2016
Shiny tomatoes reflecting the flash, grown at home, they'll give me no rash.
Shiny tomatoes reflecting the flash, grown at home, they'll give me no rash. | Source

Tomato Fields

Or Your Own Tomato Patch?

Traveling in a neighboring state in February of this year we came across tomato fields that were being overwintered with a fumigant. When we asked about the signs announcing that arsenic was in use we were told that they use it every year between growing seasons to kill pests that would destroy the next season's plants,

Snapping photos then, and again just last week as we drove by the same fields, gave me the chance to share them with you. Isn't that nice of me? The problem is that as a new hubber I lost them in trying to figure out why this hub was being flagged.

We haven't been back there at the right time to take more photos, but friends tell us that the practice is unchanged. Eventually, I expect to post new photos of those same fields.

Thankfully, we grow our own tomatoes. I hope you are too! If not, I suggest that you forgo some other activity and develop the habit of gardening. Not worth it you say? Too hard, perhaps? If you have any excuse at all you might want to think again.

A quick look at just HubPages (not to mention the world wide web) will give you all the information you need to learn how easy gardening is. Whether you have a small space or just a lot rather than acreage, whether you need to grow in raised beds and containers or whether you get to garden a few fields, there is a gardening method and style that will let you grow tomatoes.

Bright red tomatoes, warmed by the sun--yum!
Bright red tomatoes, warmed by the sun--yum! | Source

I can't grow everything in my own garden but I have found that organically grown foods are not as expensive as I thought they would be to buy. I shop at organic food markets when possible and have found their prices to be more comparable than I used to think, and when they have sales their prices are quite competitive.

Also, it's been great to find that nearly all traditional food stores are offering more organic foods these days. Their organic food spaces are growing all the time making it easier for us to make choices we need and want to make.

Still, after this first-hand look at the tomato fields, I believe we'll be expanding my veggie garden for that is the best way to be sure of what we are eating, sure of how it was grown, and sure of how fresh it is.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Agreed--home-grown and organic produce are way better, not just in taste but they're healthier. I'm looking forward to having my own garden when we move--hopefully soon. Thanks.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I absolutely agree that home grown or organic is the preference. I never dreamed they used arsenic on the fields. That is disgusting and surely it can't be healthy.

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I decided to grow tomatoes as well as some herbs in my backyard, not only to avoid the chemicals, but to make sure they are fully mature when I bring them to the table.

      No wonder everything tastes like “plastic”; picking us fruit or vegetable before their time and have them mature in refrigerated truck will ensure “long life”, but no taste. Who would have ever thought I will be “farming” in the middle of Los Angeles?

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      anginu - I hope you enjoy your garden. Wish I could share some of my plants with you--especially my volunteer tomatoes! We are have a great growing season. I don't think we can eat them, but my hydrangea have more blooms this year than ever before. Thanks much for leaving a comment. :)

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99 - I was very surprised to see that sign, I can tell you. However, I do not know if all tomato farms have this same practice. This one produces a lot of tomatoes, though. It's going to be hard to look at tomatoes in a restaurant or from a can in the same way now. Hmmm, there is a restaurant called Seasons over in Flat Rock that has their own herb and vegetable garden. I "need" an excuse to go there! Maybe I'll ask them about this practice. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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