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[email protected]: A prescription for nutrition | Poll: 84% of Americans don't grocery shop online

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

When the prescription is a recipe

Signs are appearing that conventional medicine is increasingly acknowledging the role of nutrition in health. Instead of just telling people to avoid junk food, some doctors and medical groups are now teaching people to cook—building teaching kitchens in their facilities or prescribing food education programs. Despite these success stories, many physicians don’t focus on nutrition with patients; according to Academic Medicine, only about one-quarter of medical schools in the U.S. offer the recommended 25 hours of nutritional training. Read more at The New York Times…

 

So far, American grocery shoppers buck online shopping trend

Despite all the buzz around online grocery shopping, only 4 percent of households in the U.S. say they do it weekly, according to a new Gallup poll. Eighty-four percent say they never shop online for groceries. Yet 83 percent of Americans say someone in their family goes grocery shopping at least once a week. The average household spends $130 on groceries a week. Read more at Gallup…

 

Organic avocado sales continue upward trend

Americans consume between 60 million and 80 million avocados per year, according to the Hass Avocado Board. Sales of organic avocados have been growing in both the natural and mass channels, and growing faster than sales of conventional ones. Read more at The Packer…

 

Milk prices, retail challenges spoil Dean Foods’ performance

A bountiful milk supply and retail competition led to a big drop—45 percent—in Dean Foods’ net income in its most recent quarter. The dairy company missed earnings estimates and lowered its guidance for the year, which sent shares tumbling. Read more at USA Today…

 

‘The New Farm’ tells the tale of building a successful organic farm

Brent Preston and Gillian Flies didn’t know anything about farming when they somewhat spontaneously purchased a farm in Ontario. Season by season, they educated themselves and eventually built a successful farm business that generates half a million dollars of business each season. Their story is documented in a new book called The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolutions.” Read more at Treehugger…

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