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[email protected]: How dark chocolate became a ‘health food’ | Target sets climate goals

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Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened.

Over the last three decades, the world’s biggest chocolate producers have spent millions on scientific studies that demonstrate that cocoa has health benefits. They “made a conscious decision to invest in science to transform the image of their product from a treat to a health food,” says nutrition researcher Marion Nestle. Mars, in particular, has focused its research on flavanols, which are chemicals that have antioxidant properties. Vox examined 100 of the company’s studies and found that 98 percent of them resulted in positive findings. “Think about the kinds of projects that might get done if an equivalent amount of money was available for investigator-initiated research that might have nothing at all to do with selling food products and everything to do with promoting health,” Nestle notes. Read more at Vox…


Target announces new climate policy and goals

The retailer is setting goals to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint and accelerate its transition to a low-carbon economy, CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement. It will do that by increasing adoption of renewable energy, improving energy and water efficiency, exploring new technology within its transportation system, considering climate impact in its sourcing and supporting communities affected by climate change. Read more at Supply & Demand Chain Executive…


Organic strawberries the goal

A new research project at the University of New Hampshire is hoping to develop the first varieties of regionally adapted strawberries specifically for organic production. The project is supported by Driscoll’s, High Mowing Organic Seeds and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Read more at Fosters…


Anthony Bourdain urges Americans to ‘value the things we eat’

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” is a new documentary that features high-profile chefs and explores the issue of food waste in America. Host Anthony Bourdain says making a dent in the problem, “begins with a sense of how we value the things we eat. It begins with just starting to pay attention to how much food you're buying, how much you are actually using, what you are doing with it.” Read more at NPR…


LovetheWild evolving with help from Chobani

The Boulder company, which sells frozen fish meals from sustainable fish farms, currently has product in about 600 stores. It’s participating in Chobani’s incubator program, which runs from September to December, to help “grow the company in the right way.” Read more at BizWest…

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