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5@5: Quorn introduces carbon footprint labeling | Why 'food deserts' aren't the problem

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.

Quorn to be first major brand to introduce carbon labelling

This June, Quorn will begin printing its products' carbon impacts on their packaging. These figures are independently verified via the Carbon Trust, an organization that recently found that two-thirds of consumers support having this information on food labels. Read more at The Guardian

Is it time to retire the term 'food desert?'

Emerging research indicates that proximity isn't the main factor preventing families in rural areas from buying nutritious food. Changing purchasing patterns and diets will require more than just new grocery stores–namely, other kinds of economic development that can help lift them out of poverty. Read more at New Food Economy

Why McDonald's has been slow to adopt meatless meat

Demand is high for meat alternatives, but companies are struggling to scale up production. It's a reminder that while these products will likely play a huge role in reducing the amount of meat consumers purchase worldwide, plant-based meats still make up just 2% of packaged meat sales. Read more at Vox

For a sustainable food system, look to seeds

Seed preservation efforts are the key to maintaining biodiversity, as industrial farm operations continue to struggle in the face of climate change and weedkiller resistance. However, increasing biodiversity often entails reducing production, and subsequently more federal subsidies need to be given to smaller farmers growing niche crops. Read more at Civil Eats

Archaelogical find suggests that actual Paleo diet included lots of carbs

Archaeologists have found proof that early modern humans who existed approximately 170,000 years ago did, in fact, eat starchy carbs. But that doesn't mean modern practitioners of the Paleo diet are super far off–these early hominins "ate a wide range of carbs in the form of roots, starchy tubers, seeds and barks." Read more at Vice

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