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[email protected]: Silicon Valley and the $400 tortilla maker | NYC event creates 5,000 meals from would-be food waste

5@5: Silicon Valley and the $400 tortilla maker | NYC event creates 5,000 meals from would-be food waste
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.

The future of food according to Silicon Valley is bleak

First it was a $700 juice maker. Now it's a $400 "Keurig for tortillas" that's raised more than $125,000 on Kickstarter. Are Silicon Valley venture capitalists and entrepreneurs out of touch with what kind of food innovations consumers actually want—and specifically, how much they're willing to pay for them? Read more at Vanity Fair...


Feeding the 5,000 addresses food waste with free meals in Union Square

An environmental organization called Feedback is organizing a one-day food festival on Tuesday in New York City to bring awareness to food waste and serve 5,000 meals made from fresh ingredients gleaned or donated by farms, retailers and wholesalers. Read more at The Village Voice...

'Pay as you waste' system helps South Korea cut down on discarded food waste

Municipal authorities in Seoul, South Korea, use RFID technology to track waste that people produce and charge them for it—an initiative that has reportedly reduced household food waste by 30 percent and restaurant food waste by 40 percent. Read more at PSFK...


Minneapolis healthy food rules prompt Dollar Tree to drop food stamp benefits

Tighter rules in the city are requiring convenience stores that take food stamps to stock more healthy foods, in an effort to combat obesity and diabetes. Most stores are complying, but not Dollar Tree. Instead, it's no longer accepting food stamps. Read more at The Star Tribune...


Breeders stew over how to slow pace of chicken growth

Commercial chickens today grow to be twice as big as they were 50 years ago nearly twice as fast. And while the industry has spent much time and money figuring out how to raise bigger chickens faster and cheaper, the natural food movement is demanding that suppliers return to a slow, more humane and natural method for raising poultry. Read more at The Wall Street Journal...

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