5@5: Danone revamps assets, management | Baby bottles a microplastic nightmare

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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.

Danone to sell assets and shake up its management to cope with pandemic

Danone is upping its presence in fast-growing markets including probiotics, plant-based and GMO-free in an attempt to reconnect with its midterm goals; it's also reconsidering some of its major brands, including plant-based protein brand Vega. Danone also announced it would be replacing its chief financial officer and placing two macro-regional chief executives in charge of Danone International and Danone North America. Analysts say that the company's lack of success where others in the healthy food business have grown tremendously during the pandemic "is an issue of trust and confidence, as much as one of delivery." MarketWatch has the details.

Bottle-fed babies swallow millions of microplastics a day, study finds

Microplastics have been a hot topic over the past few years, and now a new study shows that bottle-fed babies are swallowing millions of the potentially dangerous particles each day. However, scientists say an additional washing step and making the formula in a nonplastic container could slash this number. Making plastic "safer and more resilient" appears to be the name of the game rather than pushing parents to use glass or other material bottles. Head to The Guardian for more.

The United States still uses many pesticides banned in other countries

A new data review from Investigate Midwest shows that 150 agricultural pesticides deemed dangerous by the World Health Organization were still being circulated on U.S. farms in 2017. An estimated 1 billion pounds of pesticides were used overall, with over 60% of those being deemed hazardous to human health by WHO. Get the data at The Counter ...

Meet billionaire politician Tom Steyer's wife, a pioneering impact investor on a mission to spend $1B righting society's wrongs

Kat Taylor, the spouse of ex-Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, has started an agribusiness and a venture capital firm AND a bank to help fight systemic racism, environmental destruction and economic inequality. Taylor's for-profit venture capital firm, Radicle Impact, is maybe the most notable of all her impressive projects; the firm has so far invested $45 million in a wide variety of businesses, from pollution sensing networks to local farm companies. Read about her inspiring plan in full at Forbes ...

More Hispanic workers impacted by COVID-19 in food processing and agriculture workplaces, CDC study finds

Emerging data from the CDC shows that Hispanic workers have been the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic in food processing plants, manufacturing plants and agriculture. Despite making up 37% of this workforce, a whopping 73% of workers at meat and poultry plants who tested positive for the virus were Hispanic or Latino. CNN reports on the findings.

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