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5@5: Technology, data and supply chain transparency | Debating organic meat

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

A new weapon in food safety: Tracking everything we eat from seed to stomach

Charlie Sweat did more than learn from the E. coli outbreak that struck spinach sold by Earthbound Farms, the company he was CEO of at the time, and sickened more than 200 people in 2006. After stepping down that year, he formed Frequentz, a company aimed at improving food safety by tracking food as it moves through the supply chain. The system encompasses sensors on food crates, trucks and packaging, and software that accepts mobile data from the sensors. Other companies were inspired to action by Earthbound's food safety scare, too. Read more at Fast Company...


The organic industry wants to define humanely raised meat for confused consumers

As the organic industry presses USDA for higher animal welfare standards for the organic seal, conventional farmers challenge that such a move would give the organic industry unfair government backing and shine a negative light on conventional producers. Read more at Harvest Public Media...


With General Mills, Annie's hopping to new heights

It's been two years since Annie's Homegrown was acquired, and since then, sales have nearly doubled. "Annie's brand love is stronger than it's ever been," CEO John Foraker said during a presentation at Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference. How has it grown so much? Foraker said each new product decision started with consumers, not with what General Mills' capabilities would allow. Read more at Food Business News...


The green, brown and beautiful story of compost

Composting reduces waste while replenishing depleted soils, so it's no surprise that today's increasingly conscious consumers are starting to do it. But the practice of recycling organic materials actually dates back to at least the Stone Age. Read more at National Geographic...


State health officials to reviews Roundup as possible carcinogen

In Minnesota, health officials are investigating the "probably carcinogenic" weedkiller glyphosate and its byproduct, animnomethylphosphonic acid, for toxicity. Read more at MPR News...



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