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5@5: Food waste reduction needs more funding | Why investing in food is different from investing in tech

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

USDA food waste funding scarce a year after setting goal

Representatives of Battle Creek, home to Kellogg, asked the USDA in June to help them raise $3 million to build composting and waste-to-energy facilities and launch public awareness campaigns to reduce the amount of food going to landfills. Last year, the USDA announced an ambitious goal of cutting food waste in the U.S. in half in 15 years—but it hasn't announced any kind of funding mechanisms to help initiatives like Battle Creek's. Read more at Politico...


Stop applying tech principles to consumer startups

As small food brands eat away at Big Food's market share, investors are taking notice of food startups. But they shouldn't be looking at these companies through the same lens they look at tech companies, says investor Sophie Bakalar. She looks for brands that are digitally fluent, able to retain customers and "uniquely qualified to solve a specific problem with a new solution." Read more at Tech Crunch...


Wheat, one of the world's most important crops, is being threatened by climate change

Rising temperatures spell bad new for wheat crops, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change. More than 700 million tons of wheat are produced annually. Read more at The Washington Post...


Why your red snapper may have worn a tracer

Seafood is one of the hardest products to trace from sea to plate, which makes it ripe for innovation. Technology companies and organizations like Ecotrust, SuccorFish, EcoHub and Pelagic Data Systems are stepping in. Read more at USA Today...


Emerging foodborne risks

This new infographic from Pew explains how pathogens emerge and tells the story of how E. coli O157:H7 in beef became a public health threat. Read more at The Pew Charitable Trusts...

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