Florida, Mexico do battle over tomatoes

  • Article by: TRACY WILKINSON and RICARDO LOPEZ , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: October 5, 2012 - 8:45 PM

Florida growers call for cuts in Mexican imports, and Commerce is listening.

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garynumanOct. 6, 12 7:22 AM

Have a friend in the FL tomato growing biz and he tells me they are losing money very badly and it has been a tough few years and getting much worse. He predicts his company (it is a major grower) will only continue on for maybe one or two more years at this rate of change and impact. On top of that, the latest hit is that the field workers are trying to form unions. Keep in mind that many illegals slip into these field worker teams and also keep in mind that the majority of the money made by these workers is sent back to their families in Mexico. The workers are often put up in housing and also bused to the field sites.

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pitythefoolsOct. 6, 12 8:56 AM

Let's see. NAFTA put 2 million Mexican farmers out of work due to our cheap corn. That was ok. But if the Mexicans can produce tomatoes cheaper than US farmers can, it's a bad thing.

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