Organicville Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic Organic Vinaigrette
Tomatoes not only contain tomatine, but also a lesser toxin called atropine. There are some people who report digestive issues from eating tomatoes, especially when combined with . There are also unsubstantiated reports of tomatine and a relation to arthritis, but again, these are unsupported claims. The effects, while unpleasant, are not life threatening. In fact, I could find no record of an actual poisoning due to tomato plant toxicity; solanine poisoning from eating green potatoes is more likely to occur (and even that is rare).
The FDA's defense that the bleeding stomachs did not come from the Flavr Savr diet was also . They blamed the lesions on mucolytic agents in the tomato (i.e. components that dissolves thick mucus); but according to Dr. Pusztai, tomatoes are not known to contain mucolytic agents. The FDA also claimed that it might be the food restriction in the rats' diet—but the rats ate as much as they wanted. Or maybe it was the animal restraint—but the rats were not restrained.
Do you have any experience with your tomato plants being devoured starting about 12 inches off the ground, and at the same time, any unripened tomatoes being eaten, even if they were 1 inch from the ground? Some marauder came into my garden last night and ate 17 of 19 set tomatoes on one plant. And ate nothing else.
This is not an insect attack. The critter left droppings which I can't identify. But no foot prints, because the ground is dry and hard as rock for the heat and lack of water we are experiencing here now in the northeast USA.
We have seen foxes in our community over the last year or so, but no deer. It's not a groundhog, because a groundhog would not be selective; it would have eaten the marigolds, parsley, and flowering plants, too.
It's been so hot and dry here that a robust tomato plant with 19 set tomatoes, watered every day, would be a refreshing oasis for an animal who is thirsty.
Meanwhile, since last night's attack (there are more tomato plants in the garden that were not attacked), I've anchored dog hair to the ground around the tomatoes in an attempt to ward off something like a fox or squirrel or skunk (they don't like the smell of dogs), and I've done the Internet research and came up with nothing.
Suggestions?Florida is the single largest producer of fresh-market tomatoes in the United States. Driven by urbanization and generation of large amounts of tomato culls, tomato packers in Florida often struggle to find ways to dispose of culls generated during the cleaning and sanitizing of tomatoes. The high transportation costs for off-site disposal is the most critical issue associated with the management of culls in Florida tomato packinghouses. Approximately 70 tomato packinghouses in Florida pack tomatoes for the domestic market and generate 150,000–400,000 tons (1 ton = 907 kg) of culls each year.Buy a cat and a dog. If it is a small animal, cat will chase it away. If it is a big one, dog will do the job. On the second thought, what if they start chasing each other right on the spot where tomato plants grow?In 1997, USDA reported that 10 million tons of tomato were processed in the US, of which 1–3 million tons were not used for human consumption. Typically, packinghouses apply vegetable waste to land, feed it to livestock, ship it to landfills, or pile it near the packinghouses for decomposition. The costs of landfills and concerns about solid wastes have increased interest in finding a new economical outlet for tomato by-products. Composting provides a safe disposal method for the waste produced each year. Compost can be used as a means of reducing the frequency and rate of irrigation and inorganic fertilizer used on Florida sandy soils, increase organic matter, promote soil aggregation, and increase yields. We investigated whether tomato could be composted and then evaluated the effects of tomato cull-based growing mixes on bell pepper (Capsicum annuum) growth and development.