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5@5: Illinois to allow SNAP in restaurants | US farmers want Chinese market reopened

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.

Illinois may start letting some food stamps users spend SNAP money at restaurants

House Bill 3343 allows restaurants and grocery stores to accept SNAP payments for hot prepared food items such as deli sandwiches in the state of Illinois. This marks an important milestone for anti-hunger advocates who “have said limiting SNAP to groceries doesn’t do much to help homeless recipients who don’t have ktiches or people who are physically unable to cook their own meals." Read more at New Food Economy …

Collateral damage of the trade war, farmers want Chinese market reopened

The far-reaching effects of the trade dispute with China have strengthened U.S. farmers’ “resolve to expand not just in Asia but also in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.” Many of these farmers feel like collateral damage of the trade war, even after the Trump administration recently promised a second $20 billion bailout. Read more at NPR …

Whole Foods is America’s most expensive grocer, according to Bank of America

In spite of Amazon’s efforts to slash Whole Foods prices, the chain “still has the highest overall prices among all grocers in the United States” according to recent research. The same analysts also found that the price gap between organic and conventional produce is shrinking, largely because of increased competition in terms of stocking organic from chains such as Target and Walmart. Read more at The Daily Meal …

Making your kids go vegan can mean jail time in Belgium

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Belgium recently determined that veganism is “unethical” for parents to impose on their children, claiming that the increasingly popular diet can lead to health problems. This official finding will make it far easier “to punish people whose children suffer from malnutrition as a result of the strict diet under a law that makes it a crime not to assist a person in danger." Read more at Quartz … 

Ford is developing a bi-pedal robot that can carry deliveries from driverless cars to your door

Robot-powered delivery of food and other goods to homes isn’t new—but Ford is truly upping the game with its new robot Digit, which is capable of lifting packages up to 40 pounds and delivering them directly on consumers’ doorsteps. This is especially handy for grocery deliveries, because they’re often heavy and consumers still have to lug them back inside when they are delivered curbside. Read more at The Spoon …

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