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5@5: GMO documentary sparks debate | Pet food follows clean label, plant-based trends5@5: GMO documentary sparks debate | Pet food follows clean label, plant-based trends

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June 22, 2017

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5@5: GMO documentary sparks debate | Pet food follows clean label, plant-based trends

GMO film narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson: A blatant case of Monsanto corporate propaganda

Food Evolution is a new documentary by director Scott Hamilton Kennedy funded by the Institute for Food Technologists. It claims to look objectively at genetically engineered foods, but some GMO opponents argue that it presents a skewed look at science by omitting concerns about glyphosate's potential toxicity and not mentioning some of its sources' ties to industry. Read more at EcoWatch...


Report finds pet food mimics human trends of snacking and clean eating

Humanization is leading to innovation in the pet food market, with trends like premiumization, clean eating and snacking emerging. "Pet food brands are moving into the clean space by using natural ingredients, promoting the use of single protein sources and using more plant-based ingredients in formulations," according to Melanie Felgate, senior consumer analyst for GlobalData. Read more at Pet Product News...


Amazon bites off even more monopoly power

The Amazon-Whole Foods merger still has to be approved by antitrust enforcers—likely the FTC—before it can be completed. Together, the two retailers would make up less than 5 percent of the grocery market, but as Lena M. Khan, a legal fellow with the Open Markets Program at New America, writes, this deal isn't just about groceries. Amazon already has 43 percent of all internet retail sales in the U.S. and is one of the world's largest logistics networks and marketing platforms. Its purchase of Whole Foods will allow it to expand its dominance into physical retail, and use those physical stores to build its online power as well. Read more at New York Times...


More doctors are warning patients to eat less meat

As more evidence amasses around the benefits of a plant-based diet, a number of medical groups, including the American Cancer Society and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, are endorsing vegetarian-ish diets. Read more at Mother Jones...


Opening on Organic Standards Board

USDA is seeking nominations for candidates with expertise in environmental protection or resource conservation to fill an upcoming vacancy on the National Organic Standards Board. The appointee will serve a five-year term beginning in January 2018. Read more at SWVA Today...


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