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5@5: US farmers struggle with industrial hemp demand | Portland, Maine, bans synthetic pesticides

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March 25, 2019

2 Min Read
The federal government legalized hemp in the Farm Bill passed in 2018.

CBD is booming. But US farmers struggle to keep up with demand for industrial hemp

The current state of the supply chain for CBD products is, unfortunately, “riddled with issues.” Farmers who are unaccustomed to planting hemp and CBD on a large scale are finding the process incredibly expensive and time-consuming; additionally, CBD’s popularity is leading some distributors to cut corners and sell the ingredient without testing for potency (which isn’t legally required yet). Read more at CNBC …


Ban on synthetic pesticides goes into effect in Portland, Maine


The use of synthetic pesticides—such as Roundup—is now prohibited in Maine’s largest city. Portland’s pesticide ordinance forbids the use of these substances on lawns, gardens, landscaped areas, patios sidewalks, driveways, parks and playing fields. Fines for violating the ban range from $100 to $500. Read more at Central Maine …


Chobani’s secret ingredient for backing new food companies

Chobani’s semi-annual business incubator program offers three representatives from each included company “four weeks of master classes and brand auditing at Chobani’s SoHo office in New York City, along with $25,000 in equity-free funding.” This year’s class is intentionally comprised of minority founders from seven different states. By focusing on inclusion in terms of the types of businesses they support, Chobani ends up backing companies that are largely overlooked by traditional investors in spite of their early successes. Read more at Fast Company …


KIND is trying to change how products make claims about nutrients

KIND Health Snacks has filed a Citizen Petition urging the FDA to “consider the overall quality of the food rather than just the quantity of a certain nutrient when regulating nutritional claims on packaging and advertising.” For instance, a sugar-laden beverage fortified with a several vitamins can broadly claim that it is a good source of vitamins and make no reference to its problematic sugar content, which is confusing. The petition aims to fundamentally change the way synthetic foods make nutrient content claims and market themselves to consumers and change the way the FDA considers products to be more holistic. Read more at Forbes …


How Bob’s Red Mill Company became a gluten-free giant ahead of its time

Bob Moore made the wise decision of getting into the gluten-free grain market far before there were any other gluten-free brands on the market—back when gluten-free advocates were pretty much a “grassroots campaign.” Now, the company strives to uphold its trustworthy reputation among the celiac crowd by quadruple testing products for gluten and keeping a full wing of the company’s 325,000-square-foot warehouse dedicated to gluten-free foods. Read more at NPR …

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