More vegetable news than you can handle

Nicole Sara Sivens
May 11, 2018
9 min read
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Here are three things people are talking about in the markets this week.

Hawaii to ban sunscreen?

Sort of. The legislature of the state of Hawaii banned sunscreens and sunblocks with oxybenzone and octinoxate – these chemicals kill coral, according to the bill for the act.

Read all about it on FN News.

What does this mean for you? You should try mineral sunscreens instead of chemical sunscreens and always look at the ingredients and words such as “naturally-sourced” and “fragrance-free” also. Zinc oxide is a physical blocker of UV rays from the sun.


Lettuce all take a minute to thank the CDC for the early warning on the romaine situation. A month ago, they reported their investigation into 17 cases of romaine-based E. coli food poisoning in seven states. Since then, there have been an additional 132 cases and one death reported in 22 more states, making this worst E. coli outbreak since 2006.

Read more on Quartz.

What does this mean for you? Tracking outbreaks of foodborne illness is tricky because even if a person becomes sick enough to visit a hospital and get the lab tests to confirm the cause is a particular pathogen, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what they ate that caused them to get sick. For now, just skip the romaine (it’s not that great anyways).

Meanwhile, in space

NASA has decided that gardening in space will be crucial for the next generation of explorers, who need to feed themselves on missions to the Moon or Mars that may last months or years.

Necessary nutrients, like vitamins C and K, break down over time in freeze-dried foods. Without them, astronauts are increasingly vulnerable to infections, poor blood clotting, cancer and heart disease. So the US space agency has turned to professional botanists and novice gardeners -- high school students, in fact -- to help them practice.

Read the news on Space Daily.

What does this mean for you? If you’re an astronaut, you are going to be so healthy! If you’re not (same, sad), then just sit back and wait for these amazing astral vegetation innovations to come back down to earth.

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