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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.

On America's farms, worries about regulation, hope for trade deals under Biden

U.S. farmers are anticipating that a Democratic White House will entail stricter environmental regulations and more restrictions in the coming years with regard to water quality, meatpacking plant operations, GMOs and greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to the election surveys showed that America's farmers largely supported President Trump. Mr. Biden's team has reported that it will be taking a less combative approach to trade negotiations and will promote climate-focused policies as a way to protect farmers' crops and livestock from volatile weather conditions. Learn more at The Wall Street Journal ...

McDonald's confirms creation of McPlant plant-based burger

McDonald's is finally adding a plant-based burger to its menus! Whether the McPlant will hit the U.S. is still unknown; the company revealed it would be testing the burger in some markets around the world starting in 2021. Ian Borden, McDonald's international president, hinted that the proprietary McPlant formula could be extended "across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken substitutes and breakfast sandwiches." USA Today has the details.

UK health professions call for climate tax on meat

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change is calling for a climate tax to be imposed on food that has a significantly negative environmental impact. This would mean any product that results in high greenhouse gas emissions, like dairy and red meat. Head to The Guardian to learn about the alliance's latest report.

Uber's food delivery business outshines core rides service

Uber Eats has become the breadwinner for its parent brand, which lost $1.09 billion in revenue in the three months that ended Sept. 30. Uber Eats, on the other hand, raked in $1.45 billion in revenue, up 125% from the previous year. Get the scoop at Yakima Herald ...

Wendy's teases the idea of a drive-thru-only model

More and more businesses are hopping aboard the drive-thru train. Wendy's is considering opening a series of drive-thru-only restaurants as customers continue to avoid enclosed public spaces. And companies like Burger King, Taco Bell and Chipotle are also planning new brick-and-mortar layouts that are more geared toward takeout and delivery orders. During the pandemic, off-premise business overall has grown by triple digits at the majority of these chains. Find out more at Forbes ...

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