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5@5: Plastic bag ban to hit New York | Amazon Go Grocery opens in Seattle

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 businesses anticipate plastic bag ban

On Sunday a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in New York will take effect, and customers will be forced to use paper bags, resuable bags or totes for the bulk of their purchases. Many retailers in the state appreciate the ban's eco-friendly nature but worry about how it will affect their bottom lines. Paper bags, for instance, can cost over seven times as much as plastic bags do. Read more at The Wall Street Journal

Amazon Go Grocery: This is the future of shopping, whether we like it or not

The first Amazon Go Grocery has opened in Seattle; the store takes the company's Amazon Go technology and has expanded it to include fresh products and different sections, much like a real supermarket. Lower costs for shoppers, no lines and an ultra-technologically savvy environment make this model one to bet on for the future of retail. Read more at Forbes

Can small farms survive California's landmark water law?

California is now regulating the groundwater that is the lifeblood of its enormous agriculture industry. This law will take an unprecedented toll on the many small farms within the state, and those that can afford it will have to tap other resources such as buying surface water through brokers or purchasing land that comes with additional water access. Read more at The Guardian...

Bayer cools prospect of imminent glyphosate settlement

Bayer is reportedly in no rush to reach an out-of-court settlement with the many plaintiff's that allege its glyphosate-based weedkillers cause cancer. It continues to deny these claims, but Chief Financial Officer Wolfgang Nickl stated that the company has "plenty of flexibility to fund any deal from future cash flow." Read more at Reuters

Wind has become the 'most-used' source of renewable electricity generation in the US

Wind generation in the U.S. overtook hydroelectric generation in 2019 for the first time ever. Yearly wind generation hit just over 300 million megawatt hours and has grown steadily over the past decade. Read more at CNBC

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