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February 13, 2020

2 Min Read
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Food waste is worse than we thought, and the rich may be to blame

A new analysis shows that humans waste over twice the amount of food than was previously thought, and affluence plays a larger role than expected. Researchers determined that consumers start throwing out food when their daily food allowance hits $6.70, which many people in wealthier countries far exceed. Read more at Bloomberg

Move over, kale: Mushrooms are the new grocery aisle celebrities

U.S. mushroom production is at an all-time high thanks to the growing plant-based movement, with products such as mushroom jerky, mushroom tea and blended mushroom burgers gaining traction among more than just millennials. They are a versatile, nutrient-dense, sustainable ingredient that some retailers have begun growing on site using portable indoor farming units. Read more at CNN

Bayer strives to end lawsuits over Roundup while still selling it

Bayer continues to defend its on-shelf glyphosate-based product Roundup in consumer and agricultural markets in the face of tens of thousands of lawsuits claiming the product causes health problems. And it's legally allowed to do so because the EPA and other regulators maintain that the notorious pesticide isn't cancerous. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

The growing trend of dining at your neighborhood butcher shops

While whole-animal butcher shops have been on the decline for years, a new butcher shop-restaurant hybrid is drawing in consumers seeking out high-quality and local meat. Transparency in this realm is more important than ever as the science mounts against the detrimental impact of antibiotics and red meat's adverse health effects. Read more at Civli Eats

Billions in tariffs expected to hit European foods

Tariffs as high as 100% are set to impact a vast array of European food products, including French wine and Italian meats and cheeses. American producers of competitor products are now preparing to fill these gaps and expect to see a significant boost in sales as a result. Read more at The Counter

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