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5@5: Florence escalates farm dangers | Grocery delivery is complicated

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.

More headaches as Florence’s waters overtake toxic pits and hog lagoons

Skies over North Carolina might be clearing, but the agricultural disaster on the ground is extending. Two dozen hog farms’ “waste lagoons” are seeping manure, and others are ready to top out. Millions of chickens and turkeys have died, and others are stranded by flood waters. Read more at The Washington Post

 

Even before Florence’s floods, North Carolina’s factory farms were deadly to their neighbors

Why are massive hog and poultry farms sitting on flood-prone lowlands on the East Coast? Researchers at Duke University decided to find out. Their conclusion? Because low-income folks and people of color—those whose voices generally are not heard —live in those areas. Read more at Mother Jones

 

Quality brick-and-mortar is key to success in online grocery delivery

Strong technology and a quality brick-and-mortar grocery store—sound like any combination of retailers you know? —are mandatory for companies competing in the ever-growing grocery delivery game. John Elstrott, former Whole Foods chairman, says Amazon-Whole Foods is 10 years ahead of the competition. Read more at Forbes

 

Bayer steps up legal fight over weed killer blamed for cancer

Not surprisingly, Bayer is asking a California judge to overturn a jury’s verdict and $289 million award in the case of a San Francisco man who claimed that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused his lymphoma, which likely will kill him soon. Bayer closed its purchase of Monsanto early this summer, and now faces legal action regarding Roundup from nearly 9,000 plaintiffs. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

 

Low-carb diet better when it includes more vegetables, nuts

If you’re following a low-carb diet, you might want to push your chair away from those tasty, tasty cheeseburgers. A new study of 15,000 adults shows you might increase your risk of premature death if you are loading up on meat and cheese instead of vegetable and nuts. Read more at Reuters

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