Plants and Society-Tomatoes - Hannah McDonald Vahram Elagoz...

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Hannah McDonald Vahram Elagoz Enviramental 197E 13 October 2011 A Healthy Change in Heart Delectable tomatoes placed upon a salad or complimenting a favorite recipe, have not always been as popular as they are today. They are indigenous to parts of Peru, Equador and northern Chile, and found their way to New England by slowly traveling along the Atlantic coast and Mississippi River System. Though tomatoes were cultivatable and ready for preparation, there was no consumer demand in the 1830s. Instead, they were often fed to pigs and other livestock. This however, started to change when reports spread of the tomato being “the most healthy article of the Mareria Alimentary” (94) by Dr. John Cook Bennett, a tomato grower himself. Soon, word was out and the tomato was highlighted for its extracting of “Hepatine”,
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Unformatted text preview: claimed to soon be produced in pill form, treating organs involving ‘secretion’ and ‘excretion’. Controversy surrounding the tomato pull soon arose, questioning its creators’ ingredients and effectiveness. Back and forth, the creators bickered. The pill business really escalated the tomato’s popularity, now with a healthy tag pinned in consumer’s minds. Their easy access and increasing demanded allowed for high profits, now with a positive association. It was even said that no famer’s garden should be without tomatoes, and like that, the public had a change in heart for their previously disregarded tomato....
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  • Fall '11
  • VahramElagoz
  • Mississippi River, Equador, Hannah McDonald, Vahram Elagoz, Dr. John Cook Bennett, previously disregarded tomato

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