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5@5: Lawsuit challenges bee-killing pesticide | Grocery Manufacturers Association changes name, logo

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.

Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s approval of bee-killing pesticide

The Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity are suing the Trump administration for “approving the use bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and pesticide-intensive genetically engineered crops on national wildlife refuses.” This approval reverses a 2014 decision made under the Obama administration by the Fish and Wildlife Service that prohibits both neonicotinoid pesticides and GMO crops in wildlife refuges. Read more at The Center for Food Safety

Embattled Grocery Manufacturers Association gets a makeover

The 1908-founded trade group is renaming itself as the Consumer Brands Association, in addition to debuting a new logo, after some of the national’s largest food marketers left the group in recent years. The group is also refocusing on four main areas: advocating for uniform regulation, improving packaging sustainability, building trust in consumer packaged goods and creating “frictionless” supply chains. Read more at Adage

Impossible Foods CEO says other plant-based burgers ‘suck’

Pat Brown, CEO of Impossible Foods, wishes that other brands coming out with faux-burgers would “make better products” because they’re giving alternative protein a bad name to consumers new to the category. Brown argues that these brands’ prerogative is simply to get in on the plant-based burger trend and that they aren’t spending enough time in product development. Read more at Vice

Climate change will make seafood scarcer and more dangerous. It’ll also change the taste of our favorite species

Emerging research shows that the ocean’s changing chemistry due to climate change has a molecular-level impact on the sea creatures we eat, which is slowly degrading the flavor quality of our seafood. Changes in ocean chemistry also impact the size and frequency of mass species die-offs. Read more at New Food Economy

Moscow-based lab produces first sample of Russian cultivated meat

A Russian food innovation lab has reportedly produced the country’s first sample of cultivated meat after a two-year period. The sample cost roughly $14,000 to produce, but the lab hopes to bring competitively priced versions of it to Russian supermarkets by 2023. Read more at Forbes

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