If dust storms in the Sahara can reduce hurricanes in the Atlantic, can an oil spill in California cause crop damage in Millington, Tennessee?
Sounds farfetched, but scientists have found a possible link between dust storms in the Sahara and the reduced number of hurricanes in the Atlantic: Three hypothesis were formulated about how sand storms could affect hurricanes: dry air of sand storms could block the rising streams of air needed to increase the hurricane’s power; midlevel winds accompanying the Saharan air cause wind cut, preventing rising currents from growing into storms or warmth absorbed by the dust in the air can stabilize the air.
Or maybe, and probably more likely, the crop damage was caused by something closer to home, Lucite International Chemical leak in Memphis, Tennessee. Who knows what impact chemicals being absorbed into the plant would have on the final produce. Who knows what impact chemicals being absorbed into humans who consumed that produce would have on our long-term health, if the plants are even able to grow and produce an end product.
Grow some of your own, buy as local as you can, know the source of the produce you do buy.