5@5: New FDA commissioner | Report predicts 2020 coffee shortage

5@5: New FDA commissioner | Report predicts 2020 coffee shortage

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.

Senate confirms Dr. Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

Dr. Stephen Hahn is officially the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following a 72 to 18 Senate vote. Hahn is most well-known for his research in radiation oncology and is immediately facing pressure from senators to finalize a policy that would ban sales of flavored vaping products. Read more at CNN... 

There could be a coffee shortage. Will your brew break the bank?

Coffee is popular pretty much everywhere, but it can only be grown in select regions across the globe. And in the wake of climate change's increasingly negative effects, a "substantial [decline] in exports from some of the most important coffee-producing nations" is imminent. This has led to much speculation over how much the price of coffee will increase within the next year, especially for consumers in Europe and North America. Read more at Modern Farmer...

Poor diet linked to age-related macular degeneration

A diet high in red and processed meat, fried foods, refined grains and high-fat dairy may be responsible for late-stage declining vision quality. The condition, called late-stage age-related macular degeneration, is untreatable and can take away one's ability to drive and see objects at a distance. Read more at Science Daily...

Immigrants lift up a food system in need of reform

Supporting America's immigrant population can help address the most dire problems within our food system. They lend stability to rural communities, pay into state, federal and excise taxes and are slowing population decline nationwide. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which is being considered by the House of Representatives, seeks to grant more farmworkers legal status and allow them to reside in the U.S. permanently. Read more at Civil Eats...

How to reduce food waste

Solving the food waste crisis means individuals must take action to reduce the amount of edible food they send to landfills. Discarded food emits methane, which is far worse for the environment than carbon dioxide. A UN panel on climate change estimates that food-related greenhouse gas makes up 10% of the total amount of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. Read more at NPR...

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