[email protected]: Farmers win $218M GMO suit against Syngenta | Amazon-Whole Foods could be good for independent retail

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Syngenta loses $218 million verdict in first GMO trial test

A class-action lawsuit against Syngenta AG has resulted in a jury ordering the agrochemical company to pay $218 million to a group of Kansas farmers who say its genetically modified corn seeds contaminated their crops, causing China to reject them. This outcome gives momentum to several other groups that have filed suit against the company with similar claims. Read more at Bloomberg...

 

Why the Amazon-Whole Foods deal could be good for independent stores

There's a time and a place for the convenience that technology can bring, but as consumers become more engrossed in technology in every aspect of their lives, the desire for personal, offline connection becomes greater, too. That's where community retailers can come in. "When time allows or they simply want to get out of the house and mingle, people will increasingly want to shop for food grown, prepared and offered by their neighbors, not with impersonal big business conglomerates," Pamela Danziger writes in Forbes. In other words, they're going shopping for groceries, but they're also going shopping for an experience. Read more at Forbes...

 

Family-owned grocer MOM's turns 30

What started as a home delivery business out of 22-year-old Scott Nash's garage is now a thriving 30-year-old retailer leading the way in sustainability. It was the first grocery chain to ban plastic bags and plastic bottled water, and donates more than $500,000 a year to environmental organizations. Read more at WTOP...

 

Q&A: Chipotle's produce safety manager reacting to crises using tech

Arturo Tanus and James Marsden had their work cut out for them when they joined Chipotle to help it recover from a series of food safety scandals in 2015 and 2016. Here, Tanus explains what changes Chipotle has implemented since then and what kind of technology is helping encourage compliance. Read more at Ag Funder News...

 

13 local food businesses pitch big-time investors today, Shark Tank style

D.C. food incubator Union Kitchen held its first demo day last week. What originally started as a membership-based commercial kitchen has morphed into an organization that aims to help provide the infrastructure that companies need to raise capital and expand. Read more at Washington City Paper...

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