What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston?


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What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston?


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What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? They taste like chalk …


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What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? …because they’re grown industrially as little green golf balls…


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What’s the matter with tomatoes sold in Boston? … and low-tech ethylene gas is applied on the way to Boston.


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Tomatoes are imported from weird places. California has no water


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Tomatoes are imported from weird places. Florida has no soil


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Tomatoes are imported from weird places. Other tomato regions of the world have dubious labor and environmental practices


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We want more locally-produced tomatoes! The goal: produce 50% of our tomatoes within New England by 2060 Brian M. Donohue Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies Brandeis University


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We want more locally-produced tomatoes! This requires supporting the success and growth of local tomato farmers


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Let’s “high-tech” the local tomato chain together! RESTAURANTS AND CHEFS UNIVERSITY CAFETERIAS FOOD TRUCKS RETAILERS CONSUMERS INSTITUTIONAL KITCHENS FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS FRUIT & VEGETABLE DISTRIBUTORS FARMERS TECHNOLOGY


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Welcome to the Internet of Tomatoes Project! RESTAURANTS AND CHEFS CONSUMERS PRODUCTIVITY No disease Maximum yield Right water Right heat Right soil Right light When to harvest Goal: Reconcile Productivity and Taste HEALTHY Lycopene SAFE Minimize chemicals FARMERS CONSUMERS TASTE Sweet Acid Low water content Salt


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Our local farmers are going high-tech… Monitoring Environmental Conditions Root Stress Leaf Stress Temperature Humidity Soil Condition Gas Concentration


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Local chefs and consumers are also going high-tech… Evaluating Tomato Chemistry Sugar Acid Salt Water content Gases Redness 31st Boston Tomato Contest


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We’re building a Star Trek™-like “Tomato Tricorder” Learn everything you want to know about that Tomato… …without destroying it! Flavor Profile Organic Analysis


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Join us to make Boston the hub of the next technology revolution: Ag-Food-Tech BEST FOOD BEST TECH BEST AGRICULTURE


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