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5@5: Schmidt's brings natural deodorant to the masses | A fishy new documentary

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.

How Schmidt's Naturals made deodorant in a jar fashionable

When Jamie Schmidt was pregnant and looking for products with more natural ingredients, she starting making her own deodorant free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances, and packaging it in jars. Eventually that grew into a business that sold product at street festivals, farmers markets and co-ops. Now Schmidt's is on the shelf at Target and Kroger, and comes in six varieties in jars and 10 in stick format. Read more at Forbes...


Everyone wants to eat more fish: Can we find a sustainable way to do it?

The new documentary The Fish on My Plate follows fisherman and author Paul Greenberg from Peru to Norway to Alaska as he explores fishing practices and eats a whole lot of omega-3s. He also investigates more sustainable fishing models, and how fish affects the health of oceans and humans. Read more at Fast Company...


Amazon beats Kroger to a burgeoning food segment

Kroger has talked about getting into the meal kit game, but hasn't made any moves thus far. But AmazonFresh has now made Martha Stewart's Martha & Marley Spoon meal kits available to its customers. Read more at Cincinnati Business Courier...


Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Lawyers representing Dow Chemical and two other pesticide manufacturers sent letters to three of Trump's cabinet heads asking them "to set aside" results of government studies that point to potential of certain pesticides to cause harm to endangered species. Read more at AP...


Syngenta defends GMO corn as merger shifts blame to China

The first of a half dozen trials has begun against Swiss seed maker Syngenta AG, which is in the process of being acquired by China National Chemical Corp. Farmers say China rejected shipments of U.S. corn because of contamination by unapproved GMO varieties, causing corn prices to depress. Read more at Bloomberg...

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