19 May, 2005

Rocket fuel vs. arugula fuel

A hydrogeologist pal just pointed out to me that there is widespread panic about perchlorate in drinking water. "Rocket fuel in breast milk" makes a great headline. But she points out that if you want to worry about the water in SiliValley, you should worry about nitrate and nitrite, which are present in high doses all over the valley and seriously screw up childhood development. Their sources: fertilizer. Maybe that's why arugula is also called "rocket."

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