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Tomato Man, Guernsey Tomato Centre, Guernsey, Channel Islands 1990s
Guernsey "toms" were grown from Victorian times until the 1970s when the industry went into sharp decline. There were once 2000 vineries on the island, today there are five. This has been caused by subsidized Dutch competition (in flowers too) and alterations to the UK railways which made the export of tomatoes less profitable. When flying in to Guernsey in the 1960s, large parts of the island were blinding seas of glass catching the sunlight; today most are marked by broken glass and the tall, gaunt chimneys marking the end of a greenhouse..