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5@5: Food-based prescription program expands | Was Prime Day a grocery win for Amazon?

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.

Building a bridge from farm to pharmacy

Pharmacy to Farm, a unique prescription program that helps low income New York City residents with health risks afford fresh produce, is expanding to 16 drugstores after a successful piloting period. The program is currently only offered at independent pharmacies, giving these establishments an edge over big-box competitors. Read more at New Food Economy …

Was Prime Day a grocery win for Amazon? Experts weigh in

Deals, discounts and sales aplenty—but was it enough to reach expectations set for Amazon’s 2019 Prime Day? Prime Pantry’s performance was “tepid,” but the company reportedly added “more new Prime members on July 15 than it ever has on a single day.” It also upped its public relations efforts to a never-before-seen degree, which led to more press coverage. Read more at Grocery Dive …

Rogue weedkiller vapors are threatening soybean science

Divisive weedkiller dicamba has been evaporating and floating all over the country in recent months, damaging non-resistant cropsin its wake. Scientists at four leading universities are now speaking out about the deadly effect dicamba has had on their experimental soybean crops. Read more at NPR …

Farmers and ranchers head to DC to level the playing field

Poultry, hog and cattle farmers gathered in Washington, D.C., this past week to discuss the imbalance of power within the meatpacking industry. While there is a law in place that would ensure small and mid-sized meatpacking operations are profitable, the USDA “still does not have rules in place that would give the agency the power to effectively enforce many components of the law. Read more at Civil Eats …

This Phoenix-based vegan restaurant is operated by local children

In early June, a federal class action lawsuit was brought against Florida’s sugar industry on the grounds that pre-harvest burning by sugar companies “has caused unprecedented levels of respiratory illnesses and other problems from toxic smokie exposure.” One state health department spokesman argues that the air pollutants from this practice dissipate and do not violate federal air quality standards, but sugar industry representatives have yet to respond publicly to the allegations. Read more at Live Kindly …

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