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Tomato war stewing between the US and Mexico

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A woman picks tomatoes in a supermarket in Mexico Cty on November 25, 2009. Mexico's economy grew 2.93 percent in the third quarter in a first sign of recovery, but Gross Domestic Product (GDP) still shrank 6.2 percent compared with the same period in 2008, according to the national statistics institute. Most are watching for improvements in the United States, the country's top trading partner, due to their expected positive impact on remittances and tourism as well as trade. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

A food fight of sorts is stewing between Mexico and the United States over tomatoes.

Mexico produces about half of the fresh tomatoes that Americans eat and the rest come from Florida and California.

The tomato industry is worth $3.5 billion between the two countries, and over the last decade Mexico has increased its tomato exports. That's got U.S. growers nervous

They say the Mexican crops are hurting their bottom line and now they want help from the federal government.

Reporter Michel Marizcoof the Fronteras Desk joins the show.

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