Why you shouldn't eat tomatoes during winter and spring

in #environment4 years ago

Hello guys!

Today I just want to talk to you about a great ecological issue: the consumption of fruits and vegetables that are not seasonal. And for that, I choose a quite unknown case: tomatoes!

Between the month of June and the month of May, the tomatoes that we eat are mainly produced in France, in Belgium,... or at least locally. But during the other months, the weather is too cold to grow tomatoes! So, all the tomatoes that you can see in your grocery stores are in fact produced and imported from Morocco and from Spain. Spain represents 23 percents of our annual production of tomatoes! The main part of this tomatoes comes from a specific region, Andalusia, in the South of Spain. This region is the biggest producer of fruits and vegetables that are totally not seasonable for Europe (3 million tons).

This region of Andalusia has the name of "the plastic sea". And this name reveals a terrible ecological catastrophe. On 200 kilometers you can see thousands and thousands of greenhouses, coated with plastic sheets. Everyone here can see the issue of this "plastic sea", but let me give you other issues about these not seasonable productions.

#1 The question of water

Andulasia is a very dry region. The level of rainfall is very low and as you can imagine it is a very big issue when you want to grow fruits and vegetables. They have built wells to take the water from the groundwater. Because of the high need of the plantations, they always have to dig deeper and deeper because the groundwater becomes quickly dry. This huge consumption of water for the agricultural requirements are in constant increase, and the region, instead of thinking about alternatives ways of development, just continues to search about how they can find other sources of water (like with the desalination of waters). The desalination of waters, which can seem quite innocent, is in fact also a major issue for the environment and for the sea in Andalusia, with the salt obtained with the desalination directly reinjected in the seas.

#2 The issue of plastic sheets

These greenhouses use a huge amount of plastic sheets. First, as we all know, plastic is not good for the environment, but moreover, there are a lot of questions about when it comes to changing them. I don't know the lifetime of a plastic sheet, but they have to change it quite regularly, and what can they do with these old sheets? The main part of these plastic sheets are burned nearby the plantations, and the others are just left on the beaches, and on the environment besides the cultures, or even in the sea. The amount of plastic pollution that is the result of this plastic sea is equivalent to the annual amount of fruits and vegetables that are produced there. Each tomato (and other not seasonal vegetables) that you can eat in winter has produced its equivalent in plastic pollution.

#3 The invisible pollution: pesticides

As you can guess, this kind of cultures does not use alternative ways to kill the insects that can damage the productions, they just use pesticides in huge amount. These pesticides can have some bad consequences not only for the environment but also on our health.

#4 The workforce

A lot of immigrants work for these productions. They are underpaid, live in very bad conditions and are exposed all day to dangerous chemical products. There are no rules about their work, they have to live near to the production sites to be the first arrived each day and to have the right to work there. This factor can totally explain the low price of the tomatoes you find in winter!

When I find out about this environmental (and human) issue, I realized that I have to make an article about this. A lot of people don't know about this issue and continue to eat a lot of tomatoes in winter and spring, and I think it is already a good step to know about that and to act in a responsible way in relation to this problem.


Yeah i'm totally agree with you . We shouldn't eat tomatoes during winter and spring. Cause those tomatoes producing process are really throwing a bad effect on our environment. Always we shouldn't think about our benefit only , we should also care about our environment .
This is really great that you're making a awareness to save our environment and today i'm very pleased to know about those facts.
Thank you sir for share your great thoughts . Appreciate about it.

Hello jayed007! Thank you for your nice comment.. It is sometimes frightening to see how much people do not care about the origin of their food!

First of all i really want to appreciate your work because you deeply explained and raised the issue and i am not that good in grasping of Agricultural details but i really understood what you want to convey means the issue which you are raising is related to cropping and people are over using the tomatoes which in turn leads to the increase in demand and in turn then that's leading towards the forceful cropping where we are not have friendly conditions and facing the lack of water due lack of rain fall and this is an major issue but in my opinion it can also lead to the situation of lack of drinking water, i may be wrong but i think like that. Thanks for sharing this awareness spreading post with us and wishing you an great day. Stay blessed. 🙂

Hello chireerocks! Yes, you totally got the message I wanted to convey. Thanks for your nice comment!

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I´m from Spain and the problem exist. Luckily, the is an alternative, we can buy organic tomatoes, in Spain at least.

Thanks for sharing this.


But, it seems people always want to consume tomatoes. Could there be some alternative?

Hello! Yes you're right, and I think this demand is not going to reduce in the next few years. For me, the path to the solution of this issue can be by raising awareness around you, by consuming them only in Summer and Fall, or in little amounts during Winter and Spring! You can also always watch their provenance, and try to consume more locally.

Thank you for sharing. Cheers.

Of all you've talked about, what touched me the most, was point 4 where you talk about the work force. Very few people from hugh countries are able to recognize that immigrants (mostly from countries whose economy and government are horrible and are therefore forced to emigrate) are victims of abuse of all kinds. I'm from Venezuela, one of the countries with the biggest humanitarian crisis of the moment (there is no food, medicine, transportation) and at least 5 million people have emigrated, and I have seen how the people offer to my friends and family deplorable employment conditions for a miserable salary and are enslaved to work more than 12 hours a day just because they are "immigrants" For the love of God! We are all human, we are all from the same place, the earth. I think we should treat each other as equals, and help each other. Thanks for exposing this topic, I really like your way of thinking and I support you completely.
By the way, if it's not too much trouble I wanted to invite you to read my posts. I would greatly appreciate if you take the time to read them, and in case you like them, I would appreciate it if you would give me a vote, a comment, or a resteem.
You have my vote, and I stay attentive to your next publications!

Tomatoes really i liked it too much!

Really it's a fabulous post.


I'm one of those guys that loves to eat tomatoes. But, before reading this article, I am unaware that I can only eat tomatoes out of season because they are grown in green houses and these green houses are damaging the environment by using plastic sheets that are not properly disposed of. Then, there is the issue of water supply and underpaid workforce. Though, it this does not effect my love for tomatoes, it does open my eyes on the issue. I can only hope that someday these issues would be resolve so I can eat tomatoes guilt free. Thanks for opening our eyes on these issues @jarendesta.

Hello! Thank you for your nice comment! I have a good new for you: you can already eat tomatoes guilt free, but only in Summer and in Fall ;-)

I love tomatoes, but you are right when you say that we should not buy them in winter.

I am lucky enough to have lands where I can grow tomatoes inside my own greenhouse without harming the eco-system :)

P.S.: Hey, btw I was wondering something about environment en Steemit, what do you think about creating a Discord Server where we could all exchange about the environment, green energy, etc...? Would be fun ! :)

Nice info very good post @jarendesta

While the rest stands either way, a clarifying question here: "Spain represents 23 percents of our annual production of tomatoes!" Who is "we" here?

Hello! Sorry I should have think about that! The source of this figure was a French paper, so I was talking about 23 percents of the French importations.

Hello, guys, reminds of Jamie Oliver. "Hello, guys. I'm chopping a banana. Just for fun".

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