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5@5: Trump's USDA may take SNAP benefits from 3 million people | Oatly moves into dairy-loving China

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.

The Trump administration wants to take food stamps from 3 million more people

A new rule from Trump’s USDA could reform the broad-based categorical eligibility method used by 40 states to give households SNAP benefits. The organization argues that states use this method to provide benefits to an excess amount of people and the new rule will take them away from 3 million participants out of 36 million nationwide. Read more at New Food Economy …

How Oatly plans to quench China’s thirst for milk

Sweden-based oat milk brand Oatly has already infiltrated niche barista joints in Hong Kong, and its expansion north into mainland China is on the horizon. Should China’s explosive dairy industry continue to grow, the ramifications for the climate would be enormous; this is why the company is hoping to catch on with China’s wealthy millennials and Generation Z—demographics that value eco-friendly products. Read more at Fortune …

Mars announces startups for inaugural Seeds of Change food accelerator

Meet the six startups that were selected by Mars this past weekend to receive a grant of $50,000 and participate in a four-month-long program that will help them scale up their operations. The program appears to be focused on ingredient innovation; for example, Fora is a non-dairy butter alternative and Prommus makes a protein-enhanced hummus. Read more at The Spoon …

The American diet is having an unhealthy love affair with protein

Although the average American currently eats double what he or she needs in terms of protein, the added protein craze hasn’t diminished. Now, as revisions are being made to the government’s forthcoming Dietary Guidelines, plant-based dieters and low-carb dieters are clamoring to clarify just how much protein content is necessary for future government spending. Read more at Quartz …

A big breakthrough is finally making fake fish taste fishy

The plant-based seafood space is about to take off, with big players such as Impossible Foods beginning to dabble in faux fish that hits the mark with consumers. This emerging plant-based market addresses consumers’ ecological and contamination concerns, as well as allergies, and “may outpace plat-based beef and chicken in fairly short order." Read more at Wired …

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