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A well-stocked Walmart Supercenter produce section (Courtesy of Walmart)

No matter the season, Americans can always get ripe red tomatoes, crunchy broccoli and shiny purple eggplants.

We may worry about price or taste, but we rarely wonder where they are from or who brings them to us.

A recent investigation by the Los Angeles Times will certainly make you think twice before picking up that produce again.

Product of Mexico” is a stirring series on enforced labor camps in several Mexican states, where companies entrap indigenous, uneducated people of all ages and force them to pick produce for 14-hours-a-day. Aged nine to 65, the workforce is rarely paid, barely fed and housed in shacks with dirt floors.

Monsanto's new product line of Roundup Ready products is called 'Xtend.' (Courtesy of Monsanto)
Monsanto's new product line of Roundup Ready products is called 'Xtend.' (Courtesy of Monsanto)

Monsanto’s reaction to superweeds? To supersize its Roundup Ready product line.

An interesting story by our pals over at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting explains that Monsanto is getting ready to launch a new version of its popular genetically-modified seed line. This one is dubbed Roundup Ready Xtend, cotton and soybean seeds set to counter the so-called superweeds that have grown resistant to herbicides.

Using Monsanto’s recent first-quarter earnings report, reporter Robert Holly found Monsanto in a very upbeat mood about its new product line, with company officials calling it “the anticipated largest biotech trait launch in its history.”

Zigging off the earlier #AdviceForYoungJournalists, NPR's food blog, The Salt, asked for #AdviceForYoungFoodJournalists. That brought out some good advice for aspiring ag and food journalists on Twitter...and some emails among the Harvest Public Media #agnerds.