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[email protected]: Food startups attract $2B+ in first half of 2015 | EWG debuts verification for safe cosmetics

5@5: Food startups attract $2B+ in first half of 2015 | EWG debuts verification for safe cosmetics
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.

Why VCs are devouring food startups

Startups are bringing the ideas and investors are bringing billions of dollars of capital to the table, all in the name of reducing waste, conserving resources and improving the health of people and planet. In just the first half of this year, $2.06 billion has been invested in companies along the food chain. Read more at Entrepreneur...


Want to avoid toxic cosmetics? Look for this mark

The Environmental Working Group has launched a new verification program to help consumers avoid potentially harmful chemicals like parabens, formaldehyde, triclosan and phthalates. It's based on the group's Skin Deep cosmetics database that ranks products based on their safety profiles. Read more at EcoWatch...

Against all odds, this Indian Ocean island is trying to go organic

A rise in incomes—and cancer rates—on the tiny island of Mauritius is driving residents toward organic food. But the subtropical climate and prolonged use of pesticides and fertilizers have made it hard to grow organically there, so the island is embracing its own form of "smart agriculture." Read more at Smithsonian...


Cutting sugar from kids' diets appears to have a beneficial effect in just 10 days

When researchers put 43 obese kids on a low-sugar diet, it was startling how quickly their bodies changed—even without changing the number of calories they were eating. After 10 days, participants lost an average of two pounds and saw reductions in diastolic blood pressure and "bad" cholesterol. Read more at The Washington Post...


Teal pumpkin promotes food-allergy awareness

The Food Allergy Research & Education is spearheading a movement for households to put out teal-painted pumpkins to signify they have alternative goodies for the nearly 6 million U.S. kids with food allergies. Read more at The San Diego Union Tribune...

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