Maybe people just happened to like other varieries that entered the market.
(which I realize is obvious, but if you have to wait 10 years or whatever, you can't exactly just switch back)
I've read that the bananas our grandparents ate aren't the same as we get these days due to a blight that wiped them out. I'm not a huge fan of bananas but maybe these researchers should focus there as well. I would probably eat more bananas if they had a little better taste.
I don't know if you are talking about the same ones or not, but the Campari tomatoes that Costco sells are about the only store bought tomato I can stand... They're kind of like a giant cherry tomato.
Modern commercial-scale eating (as opposed to canned) tomatoes are hydroponically grown.
I'm amazed at how huge, juicy, wonderful smelling, and almost completely flavorless strawberries have gotten over the decades.
I still buy them a couple times a year, and am always disappointed.
On all of these, flavor has been bred out in favor of looks and hardiness, and we now have a generation of people who don't know what the stuff really tasted like. Hell, I'm forgetting what some of it is like myself, until I eat a different or heritage variety. And don't get me started on poultry.
They have a great flavor if you can get past the size
In this case we've created tomatoes that grow amazingly huge and fast and pretty looking, and yet they taste much worse. No one was selecting for taste.
I was sorely disappointed to see it was just the taste. I would guess that fixing the mineral content by good farming techniques will enhance the flavor too.
"""the majority of the state's tomatoes are raised in sand. Not sandy loam, not sandy soil, but pure sand, no more nutrient rich than the stuff vacationers like to wiggle their toes into on the beaches of Daytona and St. Pete. "A little piece of loam or clay would go a long way," said Ozores-Hampton. "But, hello? — this is just pure sand." In that nearly sterile medium, Florida tomato growers have to practice the equivalent of hydroponic production, only without the greenhouses."""
The page ends with an interesting description of the irrigation-from-below system ("seepage irrigation") enabled by the sand-on-hardpan conditions.
The tomatoes I eat taste great, because I don't buy tomatoes grown by ignorant assholes who don't understand how plants work.