03/14/2013 06:23:00 PMTom Karst
The Proof is in the Enforcement!
Funny how all the "we built this" types ran to the government they claim they so disdain, to prevent any sort of level playing field in the tomato deal. Without this confusing, poorly written, utterly biased document, Florida would have had to face diminished sales due to a poor product and questionable sales practices. Florida's battle cry ought to be "we hate competition"...so along with enforcing this duress produced agreement Max, we should also investigate and enforce price fixing against the Florida Tomato Cartel.....That time will be coming....
This is the USA. We hold our companies a higher standard. Our workers all have a good living wage. Our workers all have running water and the same chance at life as everyone else We go to the same schools as our pickers We have restrictions on our water use We have restrictions on on our chemical use. We are made responsible for any environmental issues we cause. We don't have large drug cartels involved in our industry. Mexico can say none of these things. There is alot of good people in the Mexican tomato industry, but until they can say they follow our rules then this is the only way to level the playing field
what enforcement? don't forget about the "salsa" tomato made famous here in Nogales that was sold to "processors only"
Very noble concepts indeed, but all unfortunately long gone. When WE invented globalization, we chose to compete with people that have very little (for the sake of cheaper goods) and thought nothing about the concequences of our actions. The chickens have come home to roost. The America that you describe is long gone and WE destroyed it! Petty attempts to level the plainfield thorugh weak laws that will be difficult to enforce will do nothing to help the industry. Change needs to come from within the produce industry and at the consumer level. If we believe (and want) the noble things you describe above, then we ALL need to vote with our dollars everytime we buy something and choose the products that support our American way of life. This is NOT about the government enacting laws, but about ALL of us as Americans supporting the companies that do things in a responsible and sustainable manner. A better way life costs money. Let's put our wallets where our mind is!!!
Transcript of Q and A session, as provided by USDA, published on Fresh Talk http://www.thepacker.com/opinion/fresh-talk-blog/USDA-transcription-of-QA-session-from-tomato-web-seminar-198846861.html Tom K