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5@5: EU bans Bayer insecticide | Commercially managed bees threaten native species

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.

Entire European Union bans a Bayer insecticide

A Bayer-owned neonicotinoid pesticide named thiacloprid is now banned across the entire European Union because of its role in bee deaths, water contamination and human illness. Bayer is still currently mired in thousands of lawsuits aimed at Monsanto alleging that its most prolific product, RoundUp, causes cancer. Read more at Modern Farmer

US agriculture employs nearly 3M honeybee colonies every year. What do those pollinators cost our ecosystems?

Commercially managed bees, often transplanted from Europe and elsewhere, are proving to be a danger for North America's native honeybee population. They are outcompeting them for pollen and nectar in addition to spreading fungi and viruses to the especially susceptible wild bee population. Scientists are urging growers to plant more wildflower strips and cut down on mowing to counter the growing agricultural reliance on managed bees. Read more at New Food Economy

A new bill aims to fix food waste in schools

The School Food Recovery Act aims to establish a grant program for U.S. schools to slash cafeteria food waste and improve student nutrition. If implemented, schools will have the ability to "measure and evaluate food waste, educate students, provide training [and] purchase equipment." Read more at Civil Eats

Fast food giants still 'failing' on chicken welfare, says report

Consumers want ethical fast food options–but unfortunately, most category mainstays are still rated poorly in terms of animal welfare. While chicken is often touted as a healthier option compared to red meat, the chicken industry is just as susceptible to practices that give way to lameness and skin lesions among the animal population. Read more at The Guardian

The capitalist way to make Americans stop eating meat

In spite of the ecological implications of eating meat, Americans are eating roughly 10 more pounds annually than they were in the 1970's. However, realistic plant-based meat substitutes are projected to replace seafood as the fourth-most-popular "meat" in the country within the next decade. This is because consumers are more likely to change their habits when presented with more plant-based options, rather than solely shamed into reducing their meat intakes. Read more at The Atlantic

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