Big is Worse.

Updated Aug 09, 2009

One would have hoped that the idiotic idea of banks being “too big to fail” would have prompted by now some serious debate over the issue of gigantic stores and monoculture markets in everything. Maybe tomato blight will get the juices flowing.

Large retailers like Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart bought starter plants from industrial breeding operations in the South and distributed them throughout the Northeast. (Fungal spores, which can travel up to 40 miles, may also have been dispersed in transit.) Once those infected starter plants arrived at the stores, they were purchased and planted, transferring their pathogens like tiny Trojan horses into backyard and community gardens.

Read more: You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster