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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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      RTalloni 6 weeks ago from the short journey

      We hope to get back to a solid food garden one day for all the reasons you mention. The only way to know for sure that the food we eat has been grown and handled safely is to DIY it. On top of that, once established a sound food garden will produce and abundance that is so nice to share. Having our own gardens is a win, win endeavor.

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      Peggy Woods 6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      I wish I had more space for a garden like I did when living in Wisconsin on a half-acre lot. I grew so much food back then and gave much of it away to others who did not have gardens. I grow a few things here on our city lot. Good thing we have many farmer's markets as well as organic offerings in our grocery stores. Being aware of how things are grown is important!

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      RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

      rajan jolly:

      Thanks for highlighting this hub with your comment. It's one I need to come back to with updates, for sure, but the realization of that experience sticks with me and I'm still working on growing my vegetable garden.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Indeed there are a lot of good reasons, besides pesticide, which of course is enough reason, to grow one's own tomatoes and other vegetables as well if possible.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Arsenic may very well have some beneficial uses--that would not surprise me at all--and this may not be a very well done article as it is one of my early ones. However, I do know that it was quite a shock to see warning signs all over the tomato fields due to arsenic's use.

      Now that I am more familiar with hubbing I plan to repost new photos from those fields this coming winter. They are in a neighboring state that we visit frequently so it will be no trouble. I may even do a little research for you. As for me, the warning signs were enough.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      colemanimal 6 years ago

      Your article sucks. Arsenic has many beneficial uses including off season pesticide. Your bias and ignorance is evident in your complete absence of supporting facts or research.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It really is easy, and it's fun to give them away, isn't it? :)

      Thanks much for sharing your input! Appreciate your visit!

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      flagostomos 6 years ago from Washington, United States

      My parents had a garden even before I can remember, but when we couldn't keep up with it longer, the one thing we wouldn't part with is home grown tomatoes. I won't ever go back! It's very easy to grow your own and we've had an abundance of crops in years past; so much so we've given away pounds and pounds of tomatoes and still had too many.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks for reading and commenting as it helps keep the topic highlighted!

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      Kay Creates 7 years ago from Ohio

      Wow. That is disturbing. I'm glad I'm growing my own tomatoes this year.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      An update on this hub is that I've just learned that the arsenic is "supposed" to dissipate in the air like natural gas. I'm left wondering, if that is true, whether there is any residual garbage from the propellant left in the ground after the infusion of arsenic. Too many questions for comfort!

      Traveling to a friends wedding in that same state this past week we saw a front porch with white buckets hanging across the front like flower baskets only tomatoes (or potatoes?) were growing out of the bottoms. Very cool, although not very aesthetic! :)

      Thanks very much for stopping by and commenting.

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      GALAXY 59 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow1! Thanks for the information. I already grow some fruit,veg and herbs in my garden, think I'll add a nice lot of tomatoes too.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping in!

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      Brenda Durham 7 years ago



      Oh my.

      Well, me and hubby didn't have the room to grow a garden before now; although I grew up with mom and dad having a garden every year.

      This time we did it! And we've already had cucumbers, yum! And tomatoes should be ripe in a few weeks.

      Good hub, RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Petra - What passes for food in the produce departments is sometimes amazing. That is great, farming in the middle of LA! Made me smile :) Maybe you can inspire others there--what fun in the city. Post some pics when you can. Thanks very much for your input!

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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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      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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      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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      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.

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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.