09/07/2012 12:44:00 PMTom Karst
Note to NRA: The Florida Tomato Growers (sic) wants to raise tomato prices. Don't you get it?
The Tomato industry is in disarray. The U.S and Canadian tomato farmers are suffering because of the Mexican influence. U.S and Canada do not have a level playing field when it comes to cost of production(labor the main issue). This is very simple, U.S and Canada are simply trying to get the price up on tomatoes. We cannot do this when Mexico is delivering as far north as Canada at less then our cost of production.
Gary hit it right on the head. If Mexico is allowed to deliver for less then our cost of production, how U.S and Canada farmers compete?
David, it is called innovation. Mexico is allowed to deliver for below the domestic cost of production because they have invested heavily in technologies that increase quality and thus yields on a per acre basis.
Not sure the last time you came to a Ontario Greenhouse but we have all the same innovations. We have made the same investments. Bottom line we need to get the price of Tomatoes up. A retailer does not want a vendor that is not going to be there next year because they are not making any money. Call it what you want. There is alot at stake here if U.S and Canadian farmers go down. Many lost jobs. This is a very real issue. There is a human factor to this.
Do you not see that there are those same factors at stake if the Mexican tomato industry goes down? There will be thousands of jobs lost, and not just Mexican jobs. Florida simply cannot supply enough tomatoes during the winter months for the entirety of US consumption. They want to corner the market and then they will fail. I don't even know where or how the Canadian industry got pulled into this as if they are somehow intrinsically linked to the Florida production. What is truly troubling and is not being reported on is that while these Florida growers are shamelessly decrying the Mexican tomato industry, they are purchasng Mexican tomatoes to fill their contracts, they are partnering with Mexican growers to supplement their own growing capacity. We hear the VP of one of the largest Florida producers talk about the sub-par sanitary conditions, lack of proper food safety, etc all while buying this product to sell to his customers that he claims demand the best. Talk about hypocrisy at its finest...
Tom, One thing that you have left out of this article is that there is also a letter in support of the agreement signed by FMI. With FMI representing the largest buying segment in the country, it sure seems to me that this is something the buying community wants and is asking for.