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5@5: 4 cities pass soda taxes | As organic picks up steam in India, entrepreneurs bet on healthy snacks for kids

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.

Soda taxes spread after votes in four U.S. cities

Voters in three California cities plus Boulder, Colo., gave the green light to a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, following in the footsteps of Philadelphia and Berkeley, Calif. Cook County, Ill., is set to vote on a similar tax later this week. Read more at Reuters...


Indian mompreneurs go back to basics with traditional, organic snack startup

A former public health consultant and a former banker are hoping kid-friendly packaging and nutritious, organically grown ingredients will allow their range of breakfast and snack foods catch on. Organic food is gaining traction in India, following the success of the now entirely organic state Sikkim, and Delhi-based Slurrp Farm sees opportunity to expand its line to include prenatal and postnatal products. Read more at Forbes...


Nestle Health Science invests in food allergy desensitization company

Nestle Health Science says it's investing $145 million in Aimmune Therapeutics, which is developing oral immunotherapy biologics aimed at desensitizing people with food allergies. Its lead product, for peanut allergies, is in a phase 3 trial. Read more at Food Processing...


GMO seeds are sustaining Colorado's sugar beet farms, but new labels could damage already shrinking industry

Beet growers (who occupy 27,000 acres of land in Colorado) are fighting for their livelihood, and many say the GMO labeling bill passed this year could make it harder for them. Read more at The Denver Post...


Tax meat and dairy to cut emissions and save lives, study urges

If soda taxes are working, why not apply such surcharges to beef and milk, pose a group of Oxford University researchers. Read more at The Guardian...

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