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September 17, 2019

2 Min Read
the Food and Drug Administration must decide if milk applies only to dairy beverages

Pediatricians’ group says plant-based milks aren’t good enough for children

In a comment to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the use of milk on plant-based beverages, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics urged the agency to prohibit the use of milk on anything other than traditional dairy “to ensure that children receive the optimal nutrition they need to thrive.” But there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that consumers confused dairy milk with plant-based milks. Read more at New Food Economy

Kraft Heinz stock craters after second-largest shareholder sells 25 million shares

3G Capital Partners, a Brazilian private equity company, on Tuesday sold about 9% of its shares in Kraft Heinz, prompting a sell-off that lowered share values more than 4%. 3G Capital still owns 20% of the food company, and Berkshire Hathaway continues to hold 27%. Read more at Forbes

A vegan diet might boost the gut microbes that help control weight and blood sugar

Eating a vegan diet for just four months might lead to significant weight loss, fat reduction and blood-sugar control, a small European study found. Researchers found that two gut microbes related to fat reduction increased nearly 5% and 20%, leading to an average weight loss of more than 10 pounds. Read more at Science Daily

Air pollution may reach the placenta, Belgian study suggests

A small study found evidence that air pollution pregnant women breathe reaches the placenta providing oxygen and nutrition to their fetuses. The study, published in Nature Communications, was small, but disconcerting. Scientists will have to do more research to see if the pollution reaches the fetal organs. Read more at Los Angeles Times

NIMBYs like green power—if they can’t see its production sites

Residents of high-value properties may talk the talk on green energy, but don’t ask them to tolerate solar panels or wind farms near their homes. Increasingly, large projects are running into resistance from homeowners who don’t want to look at solar panels or hear the noise generated by wind turbines. Read more at Bloomberg

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