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5@5: 14 states sue to prevent food stamp cuts | USDA to roll back school lunch standards

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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.

California, 13 other states sue to stop Trump's food stamp cuts

States are fighting back in court against a rule that would deny SNAP benefits to adults without children who do not work at least 20 hours per week. Attorneys general have stated that the Trump administration "did not adequately assess the impact of the rule, or how to mitigate its effects," and it is thus in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Those at risk of losing food stamps include people experiencing homelessness, veterans, recent ex-convicts and former foster youth according to one expert. Read more at New Food Economy

USDA proposes changing school menus to allow more fries and fewer vegetables

The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era school lunch standards on vegetables and fruit, allowing schools to pick and choose what to feed students "because they know their children best." Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue cited concerns regarding food waste and a need for flexibility within school districts as the primary reasons behind the proposal; critics, however, argue that the lack of regulations will introduce more unhealthy foods to school meals. Read more at The Washington Post

For bartenders, 'dry january' is the time to get weird

"Dry January" gives bars an opportunity to boost their post-holiday traffic with craft, no-proof drinks that use high-end (and occasionally functional) ingredients. But some bar owners argue that the sober-curious movement is overstated, and that the hard work that goes into these mocktails is appreciated by too small of a crowd to be financially viable in the long term. Read more at Bloomberg

New meatpacker rules won't support or protect farmers

U.S. farmers have been speaking out about "unfair, deceptive, and exploitative" industry practices for decades, and yet officials continue to let them down. A new rule from USDA will allow meatpacking companies to choose who to work with and how with little regulation on the part of the agency. This freedom has historically led to high debt, manipulation of inputs to favor certain farmers and variable income. Read more at Civil Eats

Instacart workers call for national boycott

The latest in gig economy drama: Instacart's workers are protesting the fact that that their earnings were halved over the past year because of a reduction in the default 10% tip to 5%. Workers are calling for the general public to use the hashtag #DeleteInstacart in an effort to shame the company into restoring their wages. Read more at The Takeout

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