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5@5: FDA to close livestock antibiotic loophole | The end of wild-caught Alaskan salmon?

5@5: FDA to close livestock antibiotic loophole | The end of wild-caught Alaskan salmon?

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.

FDA proposes to close loophole on antibiotics for food-producing animals

A new proposal from FDA would ban the over-the-counter sale of any remaining antibiotics intended for use on livestock. Smaller rural farmers, however, are taking issue with the fact that they may not have easy access to a licensed veterinarian as much as needed under the new rule—especially in comparison to larger operations that have the means to hire onsite vets. Read more at Modern Farmer

The strange, uncertain fate of one of the world’s most valuable salmon habitats

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is the source of most wild-grown salmon fillets on grocery store shelves today, but climate change and the threat of a new mine advocated for by the Trump administration could destroy the once-thriving habitat altogether. Alaskans are torn between the potential economic benefits of the mine versus it’s likely destructive effect on the state’s natural resources. Read more at The Nation

Cotton on: The staggering potential of switching to organic clothes

A new report shows that buying a certified organic t-shirt over a conventional one saves roughly 2,457 liters of water. The cotton plant requires an enormous amount of water to thrive, and water scarcity has been identified as one of the top 10 global risks to society over the next decade by the World Economic Forum. Read more at The Guardian

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Company supports the 2020 legalize psilocybin initiative

CEO David Bronner recently pledged his company to match a contribution of up to $150,000 for the Oregon Psilocybin Service Initiative. This initiative aims to help pass the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act, which would legalize psilocybin in a therapeutic setting. However, under this bill there would be no cannabis-style branding and marketing of psilocybin-containing products. Read more at Forbes

Where’s the beef? The business behind the faux meat boom

Big companies are stampeding to get in on the plant-based meat hype after months of the space being dominated by startups like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Cell-based meat startups are also garnering support from big food and meat companies, most notably Tyson Foods. The massive growth in the meat alternative space has been largely attributed to flexitarians looking to moderate their meat intake as opposed to vegans or vegetarians. Read more at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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