Saturday, July 16, 2011

#1515 ... Gold Tomato

The price of a tomato has risen sharply ... more than 3X the summer prices ... floods in Australia, winter shortages, crop sabotage in Australia.

Tomato prices across Australia could double or triple in coming months after millions of seedlings were poisoned in an act of mass sabotage in north Queensland, but a spokesperson for New Zealand's tomato industry says domestic supplies should cushion the effect of any import shortage here.

About seven million plants, including about four million tomato seedlings, were lost after they were poisoned with a herbicide at a Bowen nursery last month. Other affected crops include capsicum, melons and eggplant.

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