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5@5: Walmart and Kroger focus on fresh | Monsanto aims to dismiss all glyphosate lawsuits5@5: Walmart and Kroger focus on fresh | Monsanto aims to dismiss all glyphosate lawsuits

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.

December 26, 2019

2 Min Read

Supermarkets pick fruit, vegetables for healthy growth

Produce sales increased by over $1 billion in 2019, and big players in the grocery industry are expanding their produce sections in response. The move is also an effort to bolster faltering inner aisle sales (think cereal and canned soup) and large investments in delivery that have yet to pay off. Read more in The Wall Street Journal

Monsanto attempts defense that would negate all glyphosate-causes-cancer lawsuits

Monsanto's newest defense strategy is to argue that putting a glyphosate warning on its label would have been in violation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and therefore no lawsuits should have been brought against the company to begin with; the EPA has repeatedly stated that glyphosate does not cause cancer. If successful, it will be nearly impossible for victims to successfully take Monsanto's parent company, Bayer, to court. Read more at Modern Farmer

Every ridiculous food trend predicted for 2020

Behold, the master list of just about every food trend experts have predicted will make a splash over the next year. Some universal agreements? Zero-proof alcohol alternatives will continue to rise in popularity, but there may be a decline in purchases of once-ubiquitous foods such as hummus and acai. Read more at Eater

Plastic-munching mealworms may be key to helping clean environment

Scientists have discovered that yellow mealworms can break down plastic without adding any toxic chemicals into the food chain. In the future these larval creatures could be released in large numbers to help cut down on plastic pollution in a way that won't harm "the chickens, fish, snakes and even humans who eat them." Read more at The San Francisco Chronicle

2019 was a big year for sustainable seafood

Sustainable seafood and seafood replacements saw massive growth and innovation in 2019. Transparency-focused partnerships, tasty seafood alternatives and even cell-based seafood options are officially on consumers' radars. Here are the companies and movements driving the trend. Read more at Triple Pundit

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