Friday, February 11, 2011

Il Pachino


Of all the world's tomatoes, Pachino are the most expensive, costing E6 per kilo. However, the Sicilian farmers who grow them are only paid E0.50 per kilo and Fabio Granata, who is part of a commission investigating organised crime in Italy, is suspicious that the Mafia is taking a cut. There is an allegation that the tomatoes are transported 800km to Fondi in central Italy to be packaged before being sent back to Pachino on different trucks for distribution to retailers nationwide. The controversy came to light on 3 February when the "King of the Housewives", the television presenter Alessandro Di Pietro, advised his viewers not to buy them.

6 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

Maybe we should say a little prayer for Alessandro and his family.

10:55 am  
Blogger Angus said...

Ridiculous. Who'd believe such a thing could happen in Italy ? The next thing you know they'll be criticising that nice Mr.Berlusconi.

11:03 am  
Anonymous kinglear said...

What do you experct? It was the Italians after all who perfected the sheep subsidy racket which involved moving one flock of sheep round 6 farmers in Po valley

8:55 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

They look so succulent, I could eat them all!

5:00 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Good idea, ED!

LOL Angus & KL

Buon appetito, Ellee

9:39 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

And here the debate continues to rage.

5:15 pm  

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