Rand Paul “Waste Report” Targets Wasteful Spending…On Tomatoes

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is criticizing the federal government’s costly attempt to make tomatoes taste better, according to a press release.

In last week’s “Waste Report,” Paul took aim at the National Science Foundation’s “wasteful” spending.

“Apparently the research found that modern tomatoes are less tasty because they have less sugar and other flavorful chemicals. Wait … sugar will make something taste better?” Paul’s press release asks.

Paul’s release questions why the government feels the need to spend $1.5 million “trying to improve the taste of tomatoes.”

“Certainly one could argue that making a vegetable taste better will improve its economic viability. NSF even said that “[b]reeding a more flavorful tomato could benefit consumers as well as the tomato industry.” One researcher on the project said, “We can make the supermarket tomato taste noticeably better.”

“So, is the tomato industry hurting? As we have already noted, tomatoes are the second most consumed vegetable in the U.S. The U.S. is the second largest producer of raw tomatoes in the world, making it a $2 billion annual industry. If only they tasted better,” the release says.
The release concludes by saying that there is “still no word” on how to make brussel sprouts taste better.

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