Monday, March 10, 2003

Mmmm, Extra Protein

Consumers in New Zealand are being asked to do something that I suspect Americans would never tolerate: ignore bugs in their food. According to this story at HortNews, lettuce growers, unable to find a solution for the infestation of lettuce aphids (Nasonovia ribis-nigri) currently plaguing parts of the country, are encouraging consumers to simply wash off the aphids and remove any spotted leaves. The growers insist that the iceberg-type lettuce, which has a heart of tightly clustered leaves in which the aphids can easily hide, is perfectly safe to eat (perhaps even better than a head of lettuce that's been sprayed with pesticide a dozen times).

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