I was disgusted to read about the "tomato bash" on the front page of the paper July 13.
The bash was part of the first Beaufort Tomato Festival on Lady's Island, an event "meant to play off the area's strong history -- particularly on nearby St. Helena Island -- of tomato farming and packing in the summer."
The pictures that accompanied the story showed people throwing tomatoes at each other and a teenager running through a giant container filled with tomatoes.
This is a very poor example for our children who should be learning to conserve food, not destroy it.
Destroying 10,000 pounds of perfectly edible food is fun?
I deliver food to people who don't have the money to go to a grocery store and buy a tomato. Food banks around the county can barely keep up with the demand for food.
What were the organizers of the Tomato Festival thinking? They obviously weren't thinking of the migrant workers whose hard work in the tomato fields made the "bash" possible.
Beaufort promotes itself as a tourist destination. What headline would you rather see in one of those slick tourist magazines? "Beaufort Tomato Festival destroys 10,000 pounds of tomatoes for fun," or "Beaufort Tomato Festival gives 10,000 pounds of tomatoes free to people who cannot afford them"?