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5@5: NYC votes to ban cashless stores | African Americans are the fastest-growing vegan demographic

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 City votes to ban cashless businesses in step against discrimination

The New York City Council has voted to ban cashless businesses on the basis of their being discriminatory against those who don't have bank accounts or access to credit. New Jersey, San Francisco and Philadelphia enacted such bans in 2019. Read more at The Guardian

The fastest-growing vegan demographic is African Americans

Hip hop legends such as Jay Z have been investing in vegan businesses and promoting the plant-based movement within the African American community for years, and it's paying off. Right now, only 3% of Americans are vegan—but the rate is over double that within the black community. Read more at The Washington Post

The average American household wastes $1,866 of food per year

Our food system is still highly inefficient, with as much as 40% of U.S. household food waste going to landfill annually. Researchers found that larger households and those that bring a shopping list with them to the grocery store were the least wasteful. Read more at Futurity

One year after Native-owned Tanka Bar had lost nearly everything, the buffalo are on their way back

Niman Ranch and Native American Natural Foods are collaborating to "restore the buffalo to its revered place in Lakota society and regenerate prairie." Native Americans have historically captured a small fraction (around 10%) of the agricultural revenue from their lands according to the 2012 and 2017 USDA Agricultural Census. Read more at New Food Economy

23AndMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline

Consumer fear regarding the privacy of at-home DNA testing kits could be the reason behind 23AndMe's laying off 14% of its workforce. Similar businesses have also been struggling to sell both ancestry and health tests in what was once an optimistic market, and some are pivoting to target selling to companies rather than only consumers. Read more at CNBC

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