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5@5: Plant-based milk's 'unstoppable' rise | More states take on alt meat labeling

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.

White gold: The unstoppable rise of alternative milks

Plant milk sales have grown by 30 percent in the last three years, a surge that largely stems from younger generations’ belief that cow’s milk is less healthy than plant milk alternatives. They’re right from a genetic point of view: most humans become lactose intolerant after being weaned from breastfeeding—being able to drink cow’s milk with no unpleasant digestive effect is the exception, not the rule. But that hasn’t stopped the dairy industry from becoming worth more than $400 billion and using its might to fight back through legislation. Read more at The Guardian …

 

Following Missouri’s lead, other states take on cell-cultured meat

 

A recently passed Missouri law prohibits makers of uncannily meat-like products, such as the Beyond Burger, from promoting them to consumers as “meat,” and more meat-heavy states appear to be following suit. One Democratic State Senator in Nebraska recently introduced a bill that would do much the same thing—in it, she defines meat as “any edible portion of any livestock or poultry carcass or part thereof.” This definition notably excludes insect-based, plant-based or cell-cultured “meat” products from using the term. Read more at New Food Economy 

 

Coca-Cola tried to influence CDC on research and policy, new report states

A new report showcases a series of attempts by Coca-Cola to “gain access to CDC staff members, build relationships and influence policy on nutrition and artificial sweeteners.” The CDC is not a regulatory agency, but it carries weight in public health and scientific communities on a global scale—which explains why Coca-Cola execs tried to go through the CDC to lobby the World Health Organization after it published a report encouraging taxing sugar-sweetened beverages and reinforcing limits on full-sugar soft drinks consumption. Read more at Politico …

 

This diet is better for the planet. But is it better for you, too?

 

Eating for climate health is not the same as eating for human health, notes this NPR article, but it appears the EAT-Lancet Commission’s report advising reduced meat consumption for the betterment of both is on the right track. One Harvard professor comments on the report that “it’s all about replacement”—yes, reducing meat, especially of the processed variety, is beneficial when replaced by healthful foods such as fruits, vegetables and legumes and not “a lot of white starch.” The report has also received negative feedback surrounding the “squishy” science it cites linking red meat to various diseases. Read more at NPR …

 

‘Wild-caught,’ ‘organic,’ ‘grass-fed’: What do all these animal welfare labels actually mean?

It’s easy for the cruelty-conscious consumer to become confused in the meat, dairy and egg aisles—oftentimes, there’s no indication as to which labels actually hold animal agriculture companies accountable to a certain standard and which are meaningless advertising fluff. This article from Vox serves as a comprehensive, up-to-date guide of the certifications and labels that consumers (and brands) should either trust or avoid. Read more at Vox  

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