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5@5: Are subsidized foods making Americans fat? | Gaia Herbs grows in North Carolina

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Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Many foods subsidized by the government are unhealthy

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the foods and crops that the government makes cheap, like corn, soy, wheat, rice and dairy, make up more than half of Americans' calories. And in the study, the people who ate the most subsidized foods had higher risks of obesity, elevated inflammation and abnormal cholesterol. Read more at Time...


Gaia Herbs grows with $5 million expansion in western NC

Gaia has a 350 acre organic farm and a 60,000-square-foot greenhouse in North Carolina, and has experienced double-digital revenue growth each of the last four years. Now it's expanding and bringing in dozens of new employees. Read more at WRALTechWire...

A nonprofit grocer tries to sell healthier food without going under

The Chester, Pa. food bank Philabundance opened a grocery store called Fare & Square in 2013 with $7 million in grants, donations and loans. Now it's facing the challenge of becoming a self-sustaining business while encouraging people in its impoverished neighborhood to eat healthier. Read more at NPR...


Hint Water's a hit: Drink brand born in kitchen will do $90M sales in 2016

Former AOL exec Kara Goldin started Hint Water in 2004 after giving up her Diet Coke habit. Now her unsweetened flavored water is on shelves at Whole Foods, Target and more. Read more at Forbes...


This chef's culinary incubator is changing the way chefs develop restaurants

Alvin Cailan's Unit 120 gives chefs space to refine their concepts before seeking financiers. Read more at Munchies...

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