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December 19, 2018

2 Min Read
5@5: Oat milk shortage leads to steep prices | Antibiotic use in farm animals falls 33 percent

The Oatly shortage is so out-of-control that one carton is $25 on Amazon

It’s true—people (read: Millennials) are now paying six times the retail price for Oatly branded oat milk from sellers such as Amazon. Oat milk shortages have been fairly consistent this past year due to skyrocketing consumer demand; Oatly in particular should be less than $5 per carton according to the brand’s website, but single cartons are currently being sold for $25 online. Read more at Munchies …

 

FDA cheers sign of reduced antibiotics use in farm animals

 

A report released on Tuesday by the FDA has given the administration (and the public) some much needed good news—the amount of antibiotics purchased to treat animals that are raised for the meat, dairy, and egg supply fell 33 percent from 2016 to 2017. Recently, large corporations such as McDonald’s have made promises to cut down on the overuse of antibiotics in agricultural facilities which “routinely mix antibiotics into food and water as a way to help animals grow or make up for unsanitary or crowded conditions." Read more at The Washington Examiner 

 

Food delivered ‘right into your fridge’ is the future, says Walmart’s e-commerce chief

Walmart’s e-commerce chief argues that the next step beyond online delivery is having employees enter into the customer’s house and put the groceries away—all while filming the process for customers to view on their smartphones. Customers will also be able set the groceries they always need on hand for regular delivery, and thus have a constant supply of these basics without ever needing to set food in a store. Walmart, notably, has been heavily investing in its e-commerce platform; some have even likened this behavior to Netflix’s purchases of original content. Read more at CNBC …

 

Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will the public eat them?

While gene-edited plants will soon be prevalent in grocery stores, gene-edited animal products face a far less certain future. Public skepticism, a rigorous regulatory process and overarching potential safety concerns are all hindering this segment of gene-editing technology. But should animal biotechnology ever take off even if public opinion is swayed? Read this article learn more.  Read more at The Roanoke Times  ...

 

Pinterest removes three prominent ‘Natural Health’ pages for peddling health misinformation

Pinterest recently beefed up its health misinformation policy by adding a standard that automatically removes “any content that promotes harmful behavior, or anything that encourages or suggests self-harm.” So far, the site has removed the accounts of “medical conspiracy bloggers, supplement peddlers, and anti-vaccine websites” in an effort to mitigate damage “to personal and public health." Read more at Snopes  

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