5@5: More tariffs? | Attacking plastics | Pretty produce

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.

August 1, 2019

2 Min Read
5@5: More tariffs? | Attacking plastics | Pretty produce

Trump announces new tariffs that will touch ‘every product’ imported from China

Effective Sept. 1, every product imported from China will be taxed 10%—unless it’s already subjected to a 25% tariff, President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday. The announcement comes just a day after China confirmed its plans to purchase a large number of American farm products. The new tariffs will cover $300 billion of Chinese goods, Trump tweeted. Read more at The Washington Post


This new online grocery store is entirely plastic-free

An online grocery store, Rise Mrkt, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to deliver all its food in compostable packaging and eliminate plastic. In addition, if the customer doesn’t have access to a composting facility, the company will pay to send it to the closest composting site. Read more at Fast Company


That liberal arts degree just might save the world

Although we need scientific knowledge to understand climate change, and technological understanding to solve it, combating climate change also requires an understand of human behavior. In short, the field needs people who have studied ethics, social justice and human values, and know how to ask the right questions to create solutions. Read more at The Conversation


Irish teen extracts microplastics from water, wins Google Science Fair

Microplastics—tiny pieces of plastic found in soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs—are too small to be filtered from wastewater, but collectively pose a gigantic problems for waterways, oceans and even humans. But an 18-year-old from West Cork has discovered a method that was 87% effective in 1,000 tests. Read more at Forbes


Even fruits and vegetable look better in black

Although only the best-looking fruits and vegetables make it to supermarket shelves, it’s possible to make them even more attractive to consumers. Researchers from Brigham Young University found that produce against a black background is the most desirable. It’s not clear if candlelight was included in the study. Read more at Modern Farmer

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