5@5: Boycotts reveal what consumers care about | Amazon's long-term cost advantages in online grocery

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July 16, 2020

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Boycotts show us what matters to Americans

The coronavirus pandemic has forced consumers to examine the food supply chain and its many fallibilities, an important one being the lack of essential workers' rights in many institutions. The Goya boycott that began when Goya CEO Robert Unanue publicly praised President Trump indicates consumers' increasing willingness to use their wallets to make change, which is especially effective now that a large chunk of U.S. shoppers are cutting back on spending. Read more at Vox


Amazon has some long-term cost advantages in the online grocery wars

Amazon's local grocery business is supported by an infrastructure that will give it an edge on other grocery delivery services as the business scales. Amazon Fresh orders are generally fulfilled via Amazon warehouses that are maximized for efficiency, whereas companies like Instacart and Walmart rely on individual gig workers who use their own methods of transportation to navigate stores and fulfill orders. Read more at Real Money


Is lab-grown the new grass-fed? A glimpse into the ethical future of meat

Lab-grown meat presents ethical vegans and vegetarians with a way to consume what is meat on a molecular level without the systemic cruelty and environmental damge that arises from conventional animal agriculture. But the road won't be easy for the startups in the space; they need to lower costs, destroy the stigma of cell-cultured products and persuade individual governments to approve such products. Read more at Document Journal


Burger King is selling a burger made from cows on low-methane diet

Burger King is selling a limited-time version of its popular Whopper product with meat sourced from cows on a low-methane diet. Livestock was responsible for 3.9% of U.S. global greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, and concerns about meat's environmental impact has many chains and brands rethinking their menus. Read more at CNBC


Norway becomes world's first country to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels to stop deforestation

In an effort to fulfill its commitment to ban deforestation in all its markets, the Norweigan Parliament recently voted to ban the purchase of biofuels that incorporate palm products that were not produced sustainably. Palm oil, beef cattle and soy are the worst drivers of deforestation on the planet. Read more at Vocal

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