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A Very Different Kind of Farm Grows in Newark

AeroFarms employs aeroponics technology to grow greens in vertical stacks of beds without soil or water

(Newser) - The proposal might sound unlikely: Take an abandoned steel mill in Newark, NJ, and build a so-called vertical farm, the world's largest. In so doing, revive a rundown area, produce more crops in less space far faster than in a field, use fewer resources, and pack in more nutrients... More »

Chick-fil-A Shuns Iceberg Lettuce

No nutritional value, says a rep

(Newser) - Chick-fil-A has shunned a not-so-nutritious food item. No, it's not the classic Chick-fil-A Sauce, which boasts 140 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 120 milligrams of sodium per serving. Instead, it's … iceberg lettuce. "We have a mandate: Never use iceberg lettuce," David Farmer, the restaurant'... More »

Robot Farm to Churn Out 30K Heads of Lettuce a Day

Our automated overlords will be up and running by next year

(Newser) - "Robot-obsessed Japan" is how Phys.org describes a country bent on automation, and its latest agricultural efforts seem to back that claim up. The world's first robot-run farm will be up and running by mid-2017, Kyoto-based Spread has announced, and it plans to churn out 30,000 heads... More »

1 Dead in Listeria Outbreak Tied to Packaged Lettuce

Some Dole salads are recalled

(Newser) - Packaged salads produced at a Dole facility in Ohio are linked to one death in Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC said 12 people in six states have been hospitalized in the outbreak since July after eating salads sold under the names Dole, Fresh... More »

Don't Order That Salad

It's 'overrated,' Tamar Haspel writes

(Newser) - Next time you think about ordering a salad at a restaurant, consider this: It's probably not the healthiest choice for either you or the planet, writes Tamar Haspel in the Washington Post . According to one nutritional value index, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, and celery are some of the lowest-ranking foods... More »

Astronauts to Chow Down on First Food Grown in Space

Today's ISS salad comes with romaine lettuce and a citric-acid-sanitizer dressing

(Newser) - In May, the first fresh cup of coffee was brewed on the International Space Station. Today, ISS astronauts will enjoy another fresh debut: a meal made with the first food grown in outer space. On the menu will be a salad made out of microgravity-grown romaine lettuce, washed with a... More »

Our Tires Could Soon Be Made of ... Lettuce?

Prickly lettuce could serve as source in natural rubber production: scientists

(Newser) - Fears of a serious natural-rubber shortage should have surgical glove, condom, and especially tire manufacturers shaking in their rubber boots. But Washington State University researchers have pinpointed a creative way to potentially create more natural rubber while also making use of what's usually just a pesky weed. The study... More »

30K Pounds of Lettuce Recalled in Listeria Scare

Company yanks produce in wake of 16 cantaloupe deaths

(Newser) - A California food company has recalled some 30,000 pounds of lettuce feared tainted by listeria. The lettuce was distributed in 19 states and Canada, reports the Wall Street Journal . So far no illness linked to the lettuce has been reported, but 16 people have died from listeria in Colorado... More »

Rapist: Cops Coerced Confession With Lettuce Diet

(Newser) - A 275-pound confessed serial rapist claims Tennessee police coerced said confession by feeding him only lettuce while he was jailed last fall—then tempting him with a bag of chips and a cold drink in exchange for information. The corpulent Bruce Tuck also alleges that police neglected to read him... More »

Lettuce Recalled in 23 States After E. Coli Outbreak

Firm pulls Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands

(Newser) - An E. coli outbreak linked to tainted lettuce has sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan, prompting a massive recall of the vegetable. Ohio's Freshway Foods pulled romaine lettuce sold in 23 states under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands. Twelve of those sickened were hospitalized,... More »

Dole Recalls Lettuce in E. Coli Scare

Bacteria discovered in salad mix distributed in US and Canada

(Newser) - Dole recalled bags of salad yesterday after some of the lettuce tested positive for E. coli in Canada. The bags of Hearts Delight salad were sold throughout the US and Canada and had an expiration date of Sept. 19. There have been no reports of illness, and Dole officials said... More »

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