Tuesday, June 10, 2008

genuine crisis

Forget that gas prices have gone over $4.00 a gallon.
Forget that the country is at an all time high for homes in foreclosure.
Forget that the unemployment rate continues to rise.
And forget about global warming.

The real problem our country (or at least this part of the country)
is facing is....

The halt in selling and usage of raw tomatoes!

There is a problem in many states where tomatoes have been linked with salmonella (read full story here). Our grocery stores have taken them off the shelves. Our restaurants won't serve them in salads or on sandwiches. Evidently, if they are cooked, they're okay - so Italian restaurants and pizza joints are still in business. But even the McDonalds, Burger King, and the likes have taken away any and all tomatoes.

I'll be honest, this is a real crisis in my life. I love tomatoes! And I have a real hard time eating any sandwich without them. What about salads - it has to have the tomatoes in them (contrary to what my family thinks). And guess what... no salsa! This problem needs to be fixed - and quickly.

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For those who didn't read yesterday's post; I was nominated for nicest personality in the 2008 Bloggy Hoss Awards. If you would like to vote for the many excellent blogs and bloggers, you may do so by going here.

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link of the day:
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/
(thanks Melissa)

11 comments:

Just Mom said...

I agree. I absolutely love Roma tomatoes, especially if they're grilled. Such a tragedy.

Penless Thoughts said...

Our tomato plants are growing in our backyard. Home grown tomato's are one of our summer must have's. We don't have any ripe yet, but getting close!! Praise God.
Susan

Jamey said...

I love tomatoes too. But I'll go without for now...I don't want Salmonella:) Is it too late to plant tomotoes???

Melissa said...

We went to Red Robin on Saturday and that was the first I had heard about the tomatoes!! I'm not a huge fan, but Hubby is and he was pretty sad...

Barb said...

Hey, I'm really missing tomatoes too! Penless thoughts is the lucky and smart one.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

None of our restaurants are serving tomatoes or salsa, and I just think my salads are bare right now!

Steph

Amber said...

I am oh-so carefully nuturing our tomato plans so as to have a good crop this year. It's a travesty, I tell ya!

kailani said...

I heard about that, too. I guess it's a sign that we should all be growing our own food, huh?

MoziEsmé said...

Bummer! Good thing we don't have to deal with that here in Mozambique! (I'm being serious here.)

Momma Roar said...

:-O Can they still make ketchup? That will be a tragedy at our house!!! :)

I'm actually not a tomato fan - but this kind of thing is frustrating!

I hope to catch up on your weekend posts soon - congrats on being nominated too!

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

I'm with you on the tomato thing I love to make a wrap of lettuce, turkey, avocado, ranch dressing, and tomatoes, and it's just not the same without tomatoes!! :(