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Why Lettuce Keeps Making Us Sick


Green Lifestyle  (tags: health, protection, food, interesting, humans, illness, microorganisms, lettuce )

Carrie
- 281 days ago - modernfarmer.com
Here's the bad, and over-reported, news: Lettuce is making a lot of people sick. During harvest, workers core lettuce in the field, often with a knife soiled by pathogen-laden dirt. The plant then produces a milky latex that essentially traps...



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Birgit W. (135)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:19 pm
I wished a had a garden and could grow my on veggies. Thanks.
 

Zee Kallah (39)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:37 pm
And the GMOs spread like germs...,winds, water...foods.....

Those scientists better get busy finding an antidote.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:48 pm
Thanks.
 

Gysele van Santen (200)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:49 pm
i love salads, this might change things for me. (& the msg you sent, was that really a frog in the bag of baby spinach. pls tell me that was a photo shopped image.) thnx for posting, Carrie, noted.
 

selma davis (52)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:11 am
uh oh I love raw spinach. my neighbor just told me how sick she was sat morn. so we started to talk about what she ate late fri. she said she had a huge salad that she couldn't finish. a little bit after that over night she began with the diarrhea, vomiting and the like. think I need to email her this article
 

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 2:41 am
noted!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:16 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Syd H. (48)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:21 am
Raw spinach isn't the same as head/globe lettuce. Especially those grown in huge mono-culture fields (for an idea of what that means check out the book, "Working in the Shadows: A year of doing the jobs (most) Americas won't do" in the link).

For more on the story of the frog in salad mix check out this link at Mother Jones.

Best way to get greens (or any food actually) is straight from the source, such as the farmer at a real farmers market (not just a place on the street that sells food from who knows where). In the end though, nothing is more nutrient dense or more welcome by the body than greens. Check out the ANDI scores on nutrient density.
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:39 am
My motto is: Grow your own whenever possible!
 

Carrie B. (278)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 8:44 am
No Gysele, I don't think that was photo shopped.
 

Aileen P. (29)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 8:47 am
Noted. Thank for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:23 am
What an awful shame.
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 12:26 pm
is it really so hard to just not use manure? nothing wrong with peat and organic compost that's not manure
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:04 pm
noted, thanks Carrie
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:06 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Julia R. (279)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:28 pm
Something that we need to be aware of! I think it's better to core your own lettuce than your chances of getting these dangerous pathogens are much less- although the risk is still small, it is something to be aware of! We do so many things for convenience and may be the convenience just isn't worth the risk! Thanks for this post.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:53 pm
Thanks, Carrie.
Just wondering if this is true for the other produce. I just got sick from eating a couple of store-bought fresh cherries. I suspected I could've acquired an allergy to them, but didn't know for sure. Didn't hear that anyone else has gotten sick from them, though. Since I didn't realize it was the cherries, I ate 2 more a few days later when I felt better....and felt sick again. Had to throw them away....and nearly cried because they were one of my favorite fruits.
 
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