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5@5: Looking for the perfect sugar substitute | U.N.: Pesticides won't help feed the world

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.

These startups are racing to find sugar’s holy grail

Technology advances to solve problems and in the food world, sugar is a problem. The quest to find a sugar substitute — one that tastes good, is cost effective and is considered natural — has spawned several startups in the industry, some of which are looking beyond stevia. Read more at Fortune ...

UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world

Using pesticides has nothing to do with solving the world's hunger problems, according to the United Nations. A report being presented to the U.N. human rights council on Wednesday criticizes pesticide manufacturers for unethical marketing and obstructing reforms that would limit the products’ use. Read more at The Guardian ...

Farmers fight environmental regulations

Across the country, toxic runoff from farms is polluting rivers, streams and lakes. Environmentalist Craig Cox says farmers can easily reduce these problems, but many don’t bother. And many farmers fight any regulations that would require them to clean up their pollution. Read more at NPR ...

Just one small problem with this major report on GMO safety

Last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reported that GMOs don’t threaten human health, but they don’t increase crop yields, either. But now, according to a new paper published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS-One, six of the 20 authors have undisclosed ties to the ag-biotech industry. Read more at Mother Jones ...

Publisher’s Platform: The president and safe food

Does President Donald Trump care about food safety? Or is he simply not focused on it? As a businessman, Trump should look at the bottom line, and realize that government regulations cost far less than the economic losses linked to food illnesses. Read more at Food Safety News …

 

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