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Old 06-25-2014, 01:25 PM
Location: DFW
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Is this (or some variation of this) a viable strategy for farmers to get feedback from customers on their crops and hopefully use this data to breed better tasting fruits and vegetables?

Step 1: Tag all fruits and vegetables for sale with a serial # (say on a sticker.) Each serial number corresponds to a particular plant and maybe perhaps the day of harvest.

Step 2: The consumer can enter the serial number on the web and complete a brief survey on how it tasted.

Step 3: The farmer collects and analyzes the data they receive. The plants that produce the best tasting fruits will be selectively bred for even better tasting ones in the future.

Will this concept work in practice?
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:14 AM
Location: SoCal
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The conditions a plant are grown in and how they're harvested (e.g. when ripe vs. early for transport to market) seem to make more difference in how the produce tastes. So I don't know how effective your scheme would be for breeding better tasting produce.

And it would probably only interest farmers who are deliberately growing for high-end restaurants. Any other farmers are having no trouble selling their produce (subject to market/climate issues, and your scheme doesn't address that).

If you're hoping to get better tasting produce into chain grocery stores who buy their produce from corporate farms, forget it. Those corporate farms aren't going to have any incentive to do the additional work your scheme demands.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:42 AM
Location: Sector 001
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better tasting isn't the main goal for the farming industry.. more important is shelf life. That's why all strawberries that hit supermarkets are hard and taste like garbage, as do the tomatoes...

You want fresh, you will have to pay for it. Local farmers markets are a good start. That and google is your friend, for things like finding the best tasting raspberry or tomato cultivars for the home garden (for example, sun sugar and sun gold are two of the most popular cherry tomatoes among garden forums, as is 'black cherry')

My entire tomato selection this year was made up of 'sun sugar' .. I prefer smaller size and they taste great, like candy, and they crack less than sun gold.

Also, honey crisp apples are the best tasting apples I have come across for my taste... so there's now 6-8 trees planted on my parents acreage.
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