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5@5: First bumblebee species becomes 'endangered' | Nora Pouillon wins James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

U.S. lists a bumblebee species as endangered for first time

The population of a key pollinator of blueberries, tomatoes and wildflowers—the rusty patched bumblebee—has fallen almost 90 percent since the late 1990s because of a number of factors including disease, pesticides, climate change and habitat loss. The Xeres Society for Invertebrate Conservation petitioned the government for protection of the insect. Read more at Scientific American...


Organic pioneer Nora Pouillon wins James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

The Austrian-born chef ran a cooking school in her home before opening her first restaurant in 1979, which became the first certified organic restaurant in the U.S. She also helped establish a network of Washington D.C.-area farmers markets and inspired chefs to use local, organic ingredients. Read more at The Washington Post...


Bayer says had productive meeting with Trump over Monsanto deal

As the $66 billion proposed deal for Bayer to buy Monsanto awaits regulatory approval, some of the companies' leaders and advisers met with the president-elect "about the future of agriculture and the need for innovation," according to a Bayer spokesman. Uncertainty remains about how regulators will react to the fact that the merger would give the resulting company about 28 percent market share in seeds and pesticides. Read more at Reuters...


Seventh Generation to lobby for chemical ingredient disclosure

The longtime leader in household products that are better for the environment, which is now owned by Unilever, says it plans to lobby for legislation that would require companies to disclose the chemicals in the products they make and work to expand industry disclosure initiatives. Read more at The Bureau of National Affairs...


Local food: From grassroots movement to mature marketplace

The USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service's recent Local Food Marketing Practices Survey revealed that local food producers generated $8.7 billion in revenue through food hubs, direct-to-consumer marketing or direct farm to retail. Read more at National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition...


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