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5@5: Missouri court upholds meat advertising law | Study: Mediterranean diet reduces depression symptoms

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.

Court rejects Tofurky’s request for preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of Missouri’s meat advertising law

Tofurky and The Good Food Institute’s attempt to sue Missouri prosecutors over the state’s 2018 amended meat advertising law has been rejected. The state will begin barring plant-based and cell-cultured meat substitutes from using words connoting meat on their labels. Read more at Lexology

Changing your diet can help tamp down depression, boost mood

A new randomized controlled trial found that a Mediterranean diet diminished symptoms of depression in a group of young adults after just three weeks. Scientists have increasingly been linking poor diets to inflammation in the brain and body, which for some people is a risk factor for depression. Read more at NPR

Can a new reusable container program—dishwashing included—help solve America’s takeout problem?

A pilot program called Canteen allows consumers to return and exchange their takeout dishware to restaurants for a fee of $3 per month. It is currently being trialed at Dig in New York City, making the fast-casual restaurant the first citywide to offer a “closed-loop” program for takeout containers. While participation in the program is an excellent first step in terms of stemming our out-of-control plastic use, whether or not the program will be able to scale successfully remains to be seen. Read more at New Food Economy

Plastic waste is everywhere in grocery stores. Can they cut down?

Less than 14% of the 86 million tons of plastic packaging produced globally every year is actually recycled, and supermarkets are a huge source of unnecessary plastic waste (why do single bananas need to be wrapped in plastic?!). As a result, some retailers are pivoting to incorporate technology that enables them to go packaging-free—but the U.S. is largely lagging behind global efforts. Read more at Vox

The Trump administration is sidelining science—and it puts us in danger

The Trump administration recently allowed farmers to continue treating crops with the harmful insecticide chlorpyrifos, and that’s just one of several of its decisions that will negatively impact the health and wellbeing of U.S. citizens of all ages nationwide. The U.S. regulatory system is on the fast track to becoming “too politicized, too beholden to corporate money and power” to deal with the many health crises occurring nationwide and on a global scale. Read more at The Guardian

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