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5@5: More farms turn to solar power | Second major milk producer closes

5@5: More farms turn to solar power | Second major milk producer closes

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.

On-farm solar grows as farmers see economic rewards—and risks

The number of farms that use solar power in some capacity went from 36,000 to 90,000 between 2012 and 2017, and this momentum doesn't appear to be slowing down. But the grants, tax credits and SREC markets for solar power vary widely from state to state, making it difficult for some small and midsize farmers to make this leap toward sustainability. Read more at Civil Eats

Borden is the second milk seller to declare bankruptcy in nearly two months

Borden Dairy filed for bankruptcy on Monday, citing the rising cost of raw milk coupled with declining consumer demand as two major reasons behind the move. It is the second major milk producer to do so over the last two months. Read more at Forbes

McDonald's expands Beyond Meat plant-based burger trials in Canada

McDonald's is taking its Beyond Meat partnership to more stores in Canada after a successful 12-week test late last year in Southwestern Ontario. Beyond Meat's biggest rival Impossible Foods has reportedly stopped trying to win a deal with the fast food chain because of scaling requirements. Read more at Reuters

Perdue Farms to start packing some products in meat-packing foam that dissolves in water

Perdue Farms has taken a significant step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions by using a cornstarch-based styrofoam alternative to package select products. The foam will dissolve in landfills and will first be available to consumers who order directly from the company's website. Read more at KTLA5

Sephora embarks on largest CBD skincare launch yet with Saint Jane

Saint Jane, a luxury CBD skincare line, will debut in 281 Sephora stores nationwide on Friday. CBD's efficaciousness in skincare is still supported largely by anecdotal evidence, but Saint Jane's success supports the notion that consumers are increasingly looking for clean personal care products that incorporate the red-hot ingredient. Read more at Forbes

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