SMALL-SCALE GROWER PERCEPTIONS AND KNOWLEDGE OF TOMATO DISEASES AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, FOOD SAFETY AND GAPS
Greenhouse tomato growers of varying sizes in the United States were surveyed to determine perceptions and knowledge of tomato diseases and food safety issues. Approximately 10% of surveys mailed to greenhouse tomato producers were completed and returned. Nearly all of the 31 respondents are classified as small-scale producers with gross sales of less than $ 500,000. The majority of respondents (97%) perceive no or low threat to plant health from viruses and viroids, and low or no threat to their products food safety from the microbes E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Norovirus, coliforms, and Hepatitis A. Additional survey results provide insight into the perceptions and knowledge of disease and food safety issues in this segment of the industry. Survey results are being used to target the preparation and delivery of information to small-scale tomato producers across the United States.
Scheckelhoff, B. and Ernst, S. (2015). SMALL-SCALE GROWER PERCEPTIONS AND KNOWLEDGE OF TOMATO DISEASES AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, FOOD SAFETY AND GAPS. Acta Hortic. 1069, 347-348
grower survey, tomato disease, food safety, good agricultural practices