REUTERS: Panera Bread Removes This From U.S. Menu
"Bakery cafe operator Panera Bread Co said on Friday it had removed artificial ingredients from its food menu and Panera at Home products in the United States. The company had said in August that by the year end it would remove artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and sweeteners from the food served at its 2,000 restaurants. The additives removed include federally-approved artificial colors, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite and sodium phosphate, the company said." Read full story.
NY Times: In the Shopping Cart of a Food Stamp Household: Lots of Soda
"The findings show that the No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks, which accounted for 5 percent of the dollars they spent on food. The category of ‘sweetened beverages,’ which includes soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks and sweetened teas, accounted for almost 10 percent of the dollars they spent on food. 'In this sense, SNAP is a multibillion-dollar taxpayer subsidy of the soda industry,' said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. 'It’s pretty shocking.'" Read full story.
BBC: Plants Can See, Hear, and Smell—And Respond
"Conceptually, there is nothing much distinguishing these plants from us. They smell or hear something and then act accordingly, just as we do." Read full story.