I was raised on "Diet for a Small Planet" by Frances Moore Lappé and was a vegetarian for most of my life. "Laurel's Kitchen" and "The Moosewood Cookbook" had pride of place on our kitchen shelf. There was miso paste in the refrigerator at all times (and there still is, in my home). For personal health reasons, I recently converted to omnivore.
So the food industry has been a topic of interest for me my whole life. I recommend seeing Food, Inc. even if you know a lot about the subject from previous books and films, some of which I mentioned in a previous blog post. The issues need continued support, and there is new information here that's eye opening.
Why do I think gnarly tomatoes taste better? Uniform, spherical tomatoes, in an unnatural red smack of lab, not farm. So skip those and go for the funniest shape, most mottled color for better odds on a delicious tomato.