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article imageOp-Ed: Argentina says — Yes! We have no bananas or tomatoes either Special

By Jerry Nelson     Jul 13, 2013 in Food
Buenos Aires - “Yes! We Have No Bananas” by Irving Cohn was a hit song from the 1922 Broadway revue Make It Snappy.
If Cohn were writing that today in Argentina, the song would be, “Yes! We Have No Tomatoes”.
In Argentina the culinary tastes lean heavily towards Italian. Italian cooking leans heavily on tomatoes — and Argentina is about out of the juicy red fruit.
Precipitating what could be the final crisis in the already doomed administration of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, the government has found itself again as a target for dissatisfied Argentines who have seen incomes drop and prices skyrocket.
On Friday, the Argentine government requested consumers to avoid using the beloved food for at least two months because of an expected shortage caused by crop rotations.
"For seasonal reasons, involving crop rotations in the farms, the Central Market of Buenos Aires informs the public about a possible shortage of tomatoes," read a statement from the government's Office of Domestic Commerce.
"For this reason, and for a period of approximately sixty days, we suggest the use of alternative products."
Officials told AP that all other fruits and vegetables in Argentina are available. But that isn’t calming the cooks and chefs in Buenos Aires; the tomato is a staple in many dishes and is the primary ingredient in pizza toppings, pasta sauces and used heavily in salads.
The tomato crisis comes on the heels of the worst wheat harvest in Argentine history which sent bread — another main food — soaring.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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