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The modern supermarket tomato became damaged goods as part of the attempt to keep it from becoming damaged goods. In the pursuit of a storable, transportable tomato, appearance, firmness and shelf life all trumped taste.
Clearly, one way to address our bad tomatoes would be to reform the entire industrial agricultural system. Rather than breeding the flying pigs that would signal that development, Klee is simply trying to reverse engineer the tomato.
Read the full article here: Scientists Are Trying to Get Supermarket Tomatoes’ Flavor to Catch Up