Mark Bittman defends industrial food
for producing tomatoes that taste good in large quantities and at low prices. He recognizes the economic model of large quantities and competition to bring down prices but laments the low wages of farm workers that accompany the model. If only we could correct all the inequities that reside in the industrial model but there are tensions, tensions everywhere. Farm workers could be paid more and owners could take less or prices would go up. And, then, there is always that nasty competition. Industrial food enters the realm of the global economy and that creates a difficult situation for the U.S.