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5@5: Amazon and Walmart locations in New York to accept SNAP benefits | The high (initial) price of cell-cultured meat

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.

Amazon and Walmart can now accept online SNAP payments in New York

SNAP participants can now use their benefits to shop on Amazon.com, in addition to upstate Walmart locations. This pilot program also acts as “a kind of double subsidy for Walmart and Amazon, since their own employees spend federal dollars at the checkout counter.” Read more at New Food Economy …

 

The first cell-cultured meat will cost about $50

 

Bruce Friedrich, executive director of the Good Food Institute, recently attached a $50 price point to the first trial runs of cell-cultured burgers, fish, chicken and other lab grown meats. The price of cell-cultured meat largely “depends on a company’s ability to produce a lot of it,” and will be far more expensive in the earlier stages. Read more at Quartz …

 

Hubris? 24-year-old entrepreneur seeks to reinvent $13 trillion grocery industry

Learn all about Chai Mishra, who is launching a “consumer-owned cooperative to provide online groceries” backed by Y Combinator and the San Francisco 49ers. Here, Mishra expands upon two primary problems within the current food distribution business: Unequal access to food and the exploitation of food producers. Read more at Forbes …

 

Guinness brewer Diageo to scrap plastic packaging for its beer

Global beer and spirits maker Diageo is investing roughly $20 million to cut down on the amount of plastic it uses in its packaging. In its place, the company plans to use “100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard." Read more at CNBC …

 

More Latinx farmers own their land. Could they make farming more sustainable?

Despite the challenge of moving from worker to owner, more and more Latinx farmworkers than ever are making the leap to become farmers. Experts believe this change could promote “stronger rural communities and a shift to a more sustainable food system, especially as Latinx farmers tend to opt for diverse, small-scale operations that sell direct to eaters.” Read more at Civil Eats …

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