You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster

By Dan Barber New York Times Op Ed August 8, 2009

Tarrytown, N.Y.If the hardship of growing vegetables and fruits in the Northeast has made anything clear, it’s that the list of what can go wrong in the field is a very long one.

We wait all year for warmer weather and longer days. Once we get them, it seems new problems for farmers rise to the surface every week: overnight temperatures plunging close to freezing, early disease, aphid attacks. Another day, another problem.