What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston?
What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? They taste like chalk …
What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? …because they’re grown industrially as little green golf balls…
What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? … and low-tech ethylene gas is applied on the way to Boston.
Tomatoes are imported from weird places. Californiahas no water
Tomatoes are imported from weird places. Florida has no soil
Tomatoes are imported from weird places. Other tomato regionsof the world have dubious labor and environmental practices
We want more locally-produced tomatoes! The goal: produce 50% of our tomatoes within New Englandby 2060 Brian M. Donohue Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies Brandeis University
We want more locally-produced tomatoes! This requires supporting the success and growth of local tomato farmers
Let’s “high-tech” the localtomato chain together! RESTAURANTSAND CHEFS UNIVERSITYCAFETERIAS FOODTRUCKS RETAILERS CONSUMERS INSTITUTIONALKITCHENS FOOD SERVICEPROVIDERS FRUIT &VEGETABLE DISTRIBUTORS FARMERS TECHNOLOGY
Welcome to the Internet of Tomatoes Project! RESTAURANTSAND CHEFS CONSUMERS PRODUCTIVITY No disease Maximum yield Right water Right heat Right soil Right light When to harvest Goal: ReconcileProductivity and Taste HEALTHY Lycopene SAFE Minimize chemicals FARMERS CONSUMERS TASTE Sweet Acid Lowwatercontent Salt
Our local farmers are going high-tech… Monitoring Environmental Conditions Root Stress Leaf Stress Temperature Humidity SoilCondition Gas Concentration
Local chefs and consumers are also going high-tech… Evaluating Tomato Chemistry Sugar Acid Salt Water content Gases Redness 31st BostonTomatoContest
We’re building a Star Trek™-like “Tomato Tricorder” Learn everything youwant to knowabout that Tomato… …withoutdestroying it! Flavor Profile OrganicAnalysis
Join us to make Boston the hub of thenext technology revolution: Ag-Food-Tech BEST FOOD BEST TECH BEST AGRICULTURE