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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.

New York pension fund warns McDonald’s to treat chickens humanely

Several celebrities have been pushing fast-food giant McDonald’s to enact humane chicken-welfare practices. Now, a major stockholder, the New York state pension fund, is demanding a change. New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli warned the company last month that its lack of standards puts the company and its shareholders at risk of losing money and their reputations. Read more at Bloomberg

 

Voters expect a sustainable farm bill for all

Most city dwellers and suburbanites probably don’t realize how the federal Farm Bill affects their lives: It sets the rules on organic foods, reduced or free school lunches, SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) and, of course, farming issues including sustainable agriculture, conservation programs and funding for industrial farms. But what the public wants from the Farm Bill and what Congress wants to include don’t seem to match. Read more at The Hill

 

Stricter SNAP work requirement paramount in farm bill, say free-market proponents

The current Farm Bill expires at the end of September—the same day that Major League Baseball’s season ends—but the possibility of a new bill being in place that day is slimmer than the odds of the last-place Baltimore Orioles winning 50 games this season. One sticking point is the House Republicans’ demand for SNAP recipients to work in exchange for benefits, a requirement that the Senate already has rejected. Read more at TheFern.org

 

Inactive ingredients, active risks

What’s in that pill you’re about to pop down your throat to make your headache go away? Sure, you know what the painkiller is. But do you pay attention to the inactive ingredients? Until recently, it seems, almost no one was. Read more at Scientific American

 

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

If a sea turtle gets a plastic straw stuck in its nostril, does anyone care until its photo goes viral on social media? After a summer of nationwide hand-wringing about sea turtles, plastic straws and the needs of disabled people, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a restriction on full-service restaurants handing out plastic straws like they are vegan granola bars. Read more at The Modesto Bee

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