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DAVID PLOTZ’S “THE VEGetable Conspiracy” (10/7) was informative and well written. It’s encouraging to see new markets pushing the supply of fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables while supporting our local farmers. I think anyone would pay 1 to 6 percent more for an organic tomato as opposed to an industrial one.

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At the end of his article, however, Plotz seemed to point the finger at larger markets for their inability to offer inner-city grocers better produce. After citing such dilemmas as supply and demand and higher prices, I think a couple of more reasons should be mentioned. High crime, low parking, shorter store hours, longer customer lines, urban depression (transit time, potholes, parking tickets), the homeless, winos, perverts, Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry, and home rule. It’s all enough to make you sick. If you do visit a store on Georgia Avenue, it makes you just want to pluck the bananas and say, “In your face.” Simply put, “get over it.”

Arlington, Va.