Grocery gaffe

I READ that our European puppet-masters have decreed that the humble tomato should be renamed “Solarium Lycopersicum Linnaeus”.

I wonder how much committee time that took them and at what inconceivable cost to us.

Does our esteemed Welsh Assembly really intend to be led along with this like tame little puppies? Does anyone know? Will anyone confess? I doubt it.

I read in the same issue that hard-pressed food banks all over Newport (and presumably the rest of the country) are to re-open in the new year. Does anyone see anything glaringly wrong in this in the light of the above? Are we really expected to keep on haemorrhaging our hard-earned money to support these Brussels-based time-wasters while we haven’t enough to feed our own children? If this is someone’s idea of a joke, I wonder who’s laughing.

Julian R Powell Larch Grove Newport

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12:19pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

It becomes even more noticeable however, that the EU has not changed the name of Brussels Sprouts;)
It becomes even more noticeable however, that the EU has not changed the name of Brussels Sprouts;) Katie Re-Registered
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12:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

On the inside says...

This is a lie by an idiot.
This is a lie by an idiot. On the inside
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3:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

there was a decision in 1983 made by the berlin congress (note this is not the eu), to change the scientific name of the tomato. the name was technically incorrect.

the new name - “Solarium Lycopersicum Linnaeus” was actually suggested by a man named Linnaeus in 1753! the arguement over what the correct term is has been 'raging' since then.

but seriously, search google for the Solarium Lycopersicum Linnaeus and you will find literally nothing about the eu. not even a whacky daily mail story.

im interested to know where you read this information?

SOURCE -
http://books.google.
co.uk/books?id=In_Lv
8iMt24C&pg=PA48&lpg=
PA48&dq=Solarium+Lyc
opersicum+Linnaeus+t
omato&source=bl&ots=
2WjFya7TEU&sig=MAZs4
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lY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=l9L
GUsrYKcWBhQe5z4CgDA&
ved=0CDUQ6AEwAQ#v=on
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ycopersicum%20Linnae
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there was a decision in 1983 made by the berlin congress (note this is not the eu), to change the scientific name of the tomato. the name was technically incorrect. the new name - “Solarium Lycopersicum Linnaeus” was actually suggested by a man named Linnaeus in 1753! the arguement over what the correct term is has been 'raging' since then. but seriously, search google for the Solarium Lycopersicum Linnaeus and you will find literally nothing about the eu. not even a whacky daily mail story. im interested to know where you read this information? SOURCE - http://books.google. co.uk/books?id=In_Lv 8iMt24C&pg=PA48&lpg= PA48&dq=Solarium+Lyc opersicum+Linnaeus+t omato&source=bl&ots= 2WjFya7TEU&sig=MAZs4 QGCkjciGj4UPVGxje84a lY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=l9L GUsrYKcWBhQe5z4CgDA& ved=0CDUQ6AEwAQ#v=on epage&q=Solarium%20L ycopersicum%20Linnae us%20tomato&f=false whatintheworld
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3:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

infact, if you search google for “Solarium Lycopersicum Linnaeus tomato" the first result is this letters page!
infact, if you search google for “Solarium Lycopersicum Linnaeus tomato" the first result is this letters page! whatintheworld
  • Score: 3

11:15am Sat 4 Jan 14

Vox Dei says...

Maybe Julian has upped his usual level of extreme sarcasm to such dizzy new hights that none of us are "getting" it? Nah, applying Occam's Razor he's just gone off on one of his usual incorrect rants.
Maybe Julian has upped his usual level of extreme sarcasm to such dizzy new hights that none of us are "getting" it? Nah, applying Occam's Razor he's just gone off on one of his usual incorrect rants. Vox Dei
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Sat 4 Jan 14

varteg1 says...

I have to point out that in the so called 're naming' of the humble tomato is nothing of the sort.

What has been proposed is that an incorrect earlier name has been found to not fit under Linnaenn rules of naming plants.

IT could be a case of conflicting titles, or an actual case of naming the wrong plant.

A simple error of a couple of letters in the Latin which is the language of scientific botany, could steer students and researchers along a false trail which could cause many more errors further down the line.

It is nothing to do with the EU as such, it is to do with correcting a mistake made a long time ago, which, if not corrected could cost very m uich mire than the correction costs, if indeed anything at all, due to ruined and unacceptable crops because they get treatment unfit for that particular strain of plant.
I have to point out that in the so called 're naming' of the humble tomato is nothing of the sort. What has been proposed is that an incorrect earlier name has been found to not fit under Linnaenn rules of naming plants. IT could be a case of conflicting titles, or an actual case of naming the wrong plant. A simple error of a couple of letters in the Latin which is the language of scientific botany, could steer students and researchers along a false trail which could cause many more errors further down the line. It is nothing to do with the EU as such, it is to do with correcting a mistake made a long time ago, which, if not corrected could cost very m uich mire than the correction costs, if indeed anything at all, due to ruined and unacceptable crops because they get treatment unfit for that particular strain of plant. varteg1
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