A new study shows that lettuce seeds are increasingly becoming the staple food in grocery store stores across the country.
The lettuce seed industry is worth $7.4 billion, according to the report by the National Farmers Union.
The survey of more than 5,000 retail grocery stores across North America shows that the percentage of customers who use lettuce seed rose from 30 percent in 2013 to 37 percent last year.
And the majority of those who said they were likely to buy lettuce seed, or used it for cooking or baking, used it on a daily basis.
About 65 percent of respondents reported they use the seeds in salads, stir fries, stir-fries or other recipes.
A majority of respondents said they use lettuce seeds to make their own salad dressing, while 25 percent said they used them to make soup or other condiments.
About 20 percent said their children use the seed to make salad dressing.
The average price of a pound of lettuce seeds increased by nearly 10 percent between 2013 and 2015, the survey found.
“It’s pretty obvious that the number of people who use these products is increasing,” said Scott Smith, president of the National Nurses United labor union.
“If you look at what we’ve seen with food stamps, there’s a very, very big increase in the use of these products.
That’s a clear indication that there’s an increase in hunger and people are turning to these products.”
Smith said it’s also not uncommon for retailers to use lettuce to make a range of food products.
“You have a lot of retailers who are using these seeds for baking and other things.
It’s the kind of thing that we need to be paying attention to.”
In addition to being an affordable, convenient and tasty food source, the lettuce seed is a source of protein, vitamins and minerals.
The NNU report found that consumers are also increasingly buying the seeds for cooking, and are more likely to make soups, dips, dips with sauces, salad dressings and soups.
And while it’s not the first time lettuce has been used to make food, the rise of new varieties in recent years has prompted concern about the sustainability of the lettuce plant.
Smith said there are no current plans to replace the lettuce, which is a staple in the grocery industry for thousands of years.
“The plants we have today, they’re not genetically modified.
They’re very, really good plants,” Smith said.
“But the plants we will eventually have are going to be genetically modified and it’s going to take a long time to replace them.”