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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.

Weedkiller products more toxic than their active ingredient, tests show

It’s not just weedkilling ingredients like glyphosate that are harmful to human cells—new research shows that they’re potentially even more toxic when mixed with other chemical ingredients. The U.S. National Toxicology Program has begun examining, for the first time ever, the effects of herbicide formulations like Monsanto’s Roundup on human cells. Early results show that these “formulations are much more toxic,” according to the researchers, but do not necessarily prove that they’re causing any diseases. Read more at The Guardian…


Drinkable meal startup Ample Foods raises $2 million

VC firm Slow Ventures led a $2 million round for Ample Foods, a Soylent-like nutrition drink powder developed with busy Silicon Valley startup employees in mind. The company offers a keto version, with protein and collagen from grass-fed cows, probiotics and 10 to 15 grams of fiber. There’s also a vegan version. The company raised $370,000 on Indiegogo in 2016. Read more at The Spoon…


Fourth & Heart founder Raquel Tavares on knowing when to grow your team

“This experience has challenged every crevice of my life,” says Raquel Tavares, founder of a company that’s helped make ghee a part of many Americans’ cooking routines. But asking for help on a daily basis, listening to her gut and hiring the right people have helped her grow a successful business. Read more at Simply…


Amazon should be circling Britain’s grocers

Rumor has it that executives from approached those from British supermarket chain Waitrose about a deal last year, indicating that the e-commerce retail giant may be looking to make its mark on the British grocery industry which, like the U.S. market, is in the midst of a shakeup. Read more at Bloomberg…


Newman’s Own Foundation forms Native American Nutrition Cohort with first convening in Santa Fe new Mexico

Nine nonprofit organizations focused on fresh food access and nutrition education in Native American communities are joining forces as part of a $4.3 million grant program by the foundation. Read more at PR Newswire…

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