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5@5: In Boston, investors turn to food | Millennial parents buy the most organics

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.

For companies with a food focus, Boston is fertile

Whether you're a farmer or a food entrepreneur, you need a particular set of conditions to be successful. Boston is increasingly becoming that fertile ground, as venture capitalists increasingly turn toward the food industry. Read more in The Boston Globe…


Millennials with kids buy the most organics

Parents aged 18 to 34 are the sweet spot for the organic industry, according to new data from the Organic Trade Association. "Our survey shows that Millennial parents seek out organic because they are more aware of the benefits of organic, that they place a greater value on knowing how their food was grown and produced, and that they are deeply committed to supporting a food system that sustains and nurtures the environment," said CEO Laura Batcha. Read more at Supermarket News...


As a GMO pillar wobbles, biotech companies promise new insect-killing genes

Three of the four genes that are supposed to fend off the corn rootworm are showing signs of failure as the bugs have developed resistance. But the biotech companies say not to worry because more genes are on the way. Read more at National Public Radio…


This weekend, clergy of many faiths are drawing attention to food waste

Food Waste Weekend was the idea of Gary Oppenheimer, the founder and executive director of, who saw faith communities as an underutilized resource for for fighting hunger. He teamed up with GreenFaith to encourage clergy across the country to give sermons about food waste. Read more in Modern Farmer…


Food waste could be used to pull lead, mercury from water

A foam made from coffee grounds and silicone removed lead and mercury from water in tests performed by the researchers who developed it. Could this be a cheap and effective way to solve two problems? Read more at CNBC…

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