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5@5: Major protein disruption ahead for food industry | General Mills sees continued decline in snack sales

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.

New report: Major disruption in food and agriculture ahead in next decade

Technology and new business models are furthering the growth of cheaper and high-quality protein alternatives to animal-based products, meaning by 2030 the livestock and dairy industries could become obsolete. Because these modern foods will be far more efficient than animal-derived products, both greenhouse gas emissions and water use will be greatly diminished, and the decentralization of such a system will lead to greater food security. Read more at Venture Beat

Stale snack bar sales hurt General Mills

Although it has made some progress, General Mills continued to see decreased demand for its brands including Nature Valley granola bars and Yoplait yogurt. The company is under pressure to diversify its portfolio and revamp older brands to seem healthier and fresher, attributes sought after by today’s consumers. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

Uruguay targets Chinese market with traceable beef

Eco- and health-conscious Chinese citizens are turning to Uruguayan beef producers for their hormone- and antibiotic-free cow products. Uruguayans eat more beef than any other nation per capita and the overwhelming majority of cows raised for beef “roam in the open and feed on grass, which lowers the carbon footprint because grass converts carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen." Read more at Dialogo Chino

USDA offers pork companies a new inspection plan, despite opposition

Pork companies are about to have a much larger role in the inspection process of their slaughterhouses—and some food safety inspectors and food safety activists are calling it privatization. The new rule will take effect in two months and will increase the line speed in these facilities, meaning that workers at these slaughterhouses are at a slightly higher risk of injury. Read more at NPR

Today’s special: Grilled salmon laced with plastic

Microplastics, mainly those from single-use plastic products, have now traveled out of fish’s intestines and into their flesh. Wild marine species mistake these small particles of plastic for food, and even their farmed counterparts showed an equal amount of these persistent plastic-based chemicals (the reason for this is yet unknown). Read more at The Fern

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