Vegetables are of enormous importance to plant eaters such as Cerno.
Below is a Google Earth view of the Dambulla Economic Centre which sends out most of the vegetables sold in Colombo (hence the name). The closer the vegetables get to the city, the more battered and expensive they become.
The Sunday Time on 5th July 2009 carried an article titled Food mafia in Dambulla which details a murky world of price fixing emanating from this place. Its a continuation of the rot that the paper reported in a 2007 article. Back then most of the attention was on war, not vegetables (and those who toiled to grow our food).
There is a blip of hope though. The next Sunday times article appearing in 12th July 2009 proclaims “President orders crackdown on Dambulla mafia“. Despite all the well practised eye roll by the cynics, I hope what ever measure taken work out. There are also hopes to plant more big vegetables in places like Omanthai which used to be famous for a different reason.
The term “Big Vegetable(s)” (Grosses Legumes) has also been used as a name for the corrupt elite in Mobutu Sese Seko’s Zaire (Now the Democratic Republic of Congo). A long story that is readably documented in Michela Wrong’s In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz.