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5@5: Meat consumption drops most since 2000 | Advocates challenge Tyson ads

5@5: Meat consumption drops most since 2000 | Advocates challenge Tyson ads

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.

The world is finally losing its taste for meat

Meat production is expected to dip for the second year in a row, and the 3% drop in per-capita meat consumption will be the biggest decline in 20 years. Consumers are shifting away from beef in particular, which is good news for the environment because cattle represent roughly 65% of the livestock sector's greenhouse gas emissions. Read more at Bloomberg

 

Consumer groups challenge 'deceptive' Tyson ads that brag about worker safety

A worker coalition and environmental nonprofit are asking the government to prevent Tyson Foods from advertising to the public that its workers are "safer than ever." The groups point out that Tyson has had more COVID-19 cases than any other meatpacker throughout the pandemic in addition to reporting more severe injuries than all but two other companies since 2015. Read more at The Counter

 

Walmart, Kroger bottle their own milk and shake up American dairy industry

Grocers are moving into the milk-bottling business, which poses a huge threat to long-standing operators in the $40 billion U.S. milk industry. Milk consumption has steadily dropped 40% over four decades, but it still ranks within the among the top 10 purchases at certain big-box retailers. This has led companies like Walmart to reduce costs and pass down lower prices to customers by operating their own plants, leaving America's dairy processors and farmers in turmoil. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

 

Where's the beef? Vegetarian butcher eyes meat association membership

Jaap Korteweg is a farmer-turned-entrepreneur who sells meat made from plants under the moniker "The Vegetarian Butcher." Now, Korteweg is petitioning to join two fraternities of butchers in his native Germany because his plant-based fare is high-quality enough to compete with conventional options. He was denied by the German Butchers' Association on the grounds that plants aren't meat. Read more at CGTN

 

More U.S. children going hungry as coronavirus pandemic continues

Parents are struggling to feed their children amid COVID-19; during the first week of july it was reported that 13,570,374 households with children did not have enough to eat. Economic adversity affects children well into adulthood, and those raised in food-insecure households are at a higher risk of depression, deficits in educational and social skills, suicidal ideation and overall poor health. Read more at Oregon Live

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