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5@5: Last-minute FDA draft rules target gene-edited animals | 8 food tech startups to watch

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.

Gene-edited animals face U.S. regulatory crackdown

A last-minute set of draft rules from the Obama administration's FDA would require all animals whose genomes have been intentionally altered by CRISPR and other precision tools to be examined for safety and efficacy, as an animal drug must be. Draft regulations will be open for comment until April 19. Read more at Nature...


Food-X reveals the 8 startups taking part in its latest cohort

The New York-based food tech accelerator's fifth class includes a DIY countertop yogurt maker and a RFID tagging system for stores that provides information about each product that could help cut food waste. Read more at Ag Funder News...


Trump's choice for ag secretary not an obvious champion for sustainable agriculture

At a time when global warming, water scarcity and other environmental challenges are more pressing than ever, the USDA needs a leader who would promote planet-friendly farming, says the director of food and agriculture program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. But it's unclear if that what t's getting. Trump's pick Sunny Perdue has made some troubling statements about climate change, but he has also introduced a conservation easement tax credit in 2006 as the governor of Georgia. Read more at Eco Watch...


Entrepreneurial innovation is driving disruption in the food industry

It's a pivotal moment for the food industry—consumers are no longer passively accepting what it's offering. Thanks to social activists, motivated startups and a wealth of information at their fingertips, they're demanding healthier products that come with more transparency. Read more at Triple Pundit...


Sikkim observes its first organic day

Sikkim is India's first fully organic state. "Being totally organic does not only make farming an attractive profession, but also gives a clear message to the world that organic farming and chemical free agriculture is the only way to healthy living," said Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. Read more at Northeast Today...

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