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5@5: TSA updates in-flight hemp CBD policy | Agriculture company awarded 'most disruptive'

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.

TSA changes policy to allow some CBD oil and medications on planes

TSA quietly updated its policies over last weekend “to allow passengers to bring some forms of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, plus an FDA-approved marijuana-based drug, on flights.” All hemp-derived CBD oils taken on flights must comply with regulations defined by law under the 2018 Farm Bill. Read more at NBC …

Is Indigo Agriculture the world’s most disruptive company?

Out of all the company’s on CNBC’s recently published Top 50 Disruptors list, the No. 1 spot went to a relatively unheard of brand called Indigo Agriculture. Indigo’s aim is “to get all of these marginally beneficial services—like data-informed planting advice, drought-resistant seed treatments, transport services, and more—under one umbrella,” and its resulting data platform has afforded Indigo some hefty leverage in the agriculture arena. Read more at New Food Economy …

One thing that might keep the Impossible Burger from saving the planet: Steak

Plant-based meat alternatives, at least in supermarkets, aren’t having a significant impact on sales of actual meat yet, though CEO of Impossible Foods Pat Brown believes that competition between the alt meat and real meat industries is “imminent.” However, there’s one thing standing in the way of this: a continued desire for whole-muscle cuts such as steaks and roasts that are far harder for alt meat companies to replicate. Read more at The Washington Post …

KFC is meeting with plant-based ‘meat’ makers as chains such as Burger King and Del Taco jump on the vegan bandwagon

KFC is the latest fast-food chain to explore adding a plant-based meat substitute onto its menu. The chain has already seen some success with a vegetarian “fried chicken” product in the U.K., but is still in the early stages of meeting with alternative chicken manufacturers stateside. Read more at Business Insider … 

Crispr gene-editing will change the way Americans eat—here’s what’s coming

The first Crispr gene-edited products will reportedly begin reaching the market this year, and everything from produce to grains to meat may be affected in the near future. This technology is currently unregulated in the U.S., with the USDA having issued a statement last March “saying it would not regulate crops whose genetic changes could have been produced with conventional breeding." Read more at The Guardian …

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