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November 8, 2019

2 Min Read
5@5: 'Planetary Health Diet' too costly for 1.6B people | Mississippi ends plant-based labeling ban

New study shows the EAT-Lancet diet is unaffordable for at least 1.6B people

The diet recommended by the EAT-Lancet commission to feed the growing global population in a climate-friendly way is "simply unaffordable" for around 1.6 billion people. Researchers note that a revamp of existing social safety nets that would bring down the cost of healthy foods, in addition to investment in other food groups such as eggs, are some changes that would allow this diet to feed the growing population. Read more at New Food Economy

Mississippi ends ridiculous ban on labeling veggie burgers 'veggie burgers'

Plant-based brands in Mississippi are once again allowed to advertise themselves using terms linked to meat such as "veggie burgers" and "vegan bacon." The Institute for Justice successfully sued the state this past summer on behalf of the Plant Based food Association and Upton's Naturals, arguing that the labeling restrictions would not only be costly and unnecessary but also in direct violation of the First Amendment. Read more at Forbes

This giant meat company is the first large food company to go carbon neutral

Meat producer Maple Leaf Foods has announced that it will be cutting its total environmental footprint in half by 2025 compared to 2014. The company is currently working to shrink its emissions at every step of the supply chain, and is also investing in emission offsetting projects such as wind farms and forest protection. Read more at Fast Company

More antitrust lawsuits hit the meat industry. This time, it's pork

A new class-action lawsuit alleges that pork companies such as Smithfield Foods, Tyson Foods and JBS USA "have colluded to artificially hike the price of pork and, as a result, their profits." This complaint on behalf of pork buyers closely mimics several other antitrust wars currently going on in the chicken and beef spaces. Read more at The Fern

'Plant-based meat' is all hat and no cattle

Will plant-based meat turn out to be nothing more than an "expensive curiousity?" Many of the ultraprocessed products in the wave of plant-based burgers that taste like the real thing aren't nutritionally healthier than meat. And this is especially dangerous because of the health halo that plant-based brands enjoy, which fools customers into thinking they're eating something beneficial for their health. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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