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No, Chocolate Milk Doesn’t Help with Concussions After all

A research fiasco at the University of Maryland College Park finally ended last week when the university’s administration returned over $228,000 in funds. The cash contributed to a dubious study that claimed a brand of chocolate milk alleviated the health effects of concussions.

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Unilever Severs Ties with Major Palm Oil Supplier

After an investigation concluded that Malaysia-based IOI Group, one of the largest suppliers of palm oil on the planet, was responsible for deforestation in Indonesia, Unilever severed business ties with the company.

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Farmers Quit Corn; Grow Solar Power

The controversy over farmers having the right to sign contract with solar and wind power companies is now taking center stage in North Carolina.

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Really, Chipotle? A Better Burger?

Now Chipotle wants to enter the burger market, as reported by many business news outlets earlier this week. It turns out Chipotle’s legal team has applied for the “Better Burger” trademark.

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Another Grocer Commits To Cage-Free Eggs

Minnesota-based Supervalu announced plans to transition to selling 100 percent cage-free eggs at its network of 3,407 stores by 2025 or sooner if possible.

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Monsanto 2015 Sustainability Report: Does It Go Far Enough?

Reductions in water usage, a drop in emissions and bolder goals are among the highlights of Monsanto’s 2015 report. It also increased production of four key crops. Is that what consumers are looking for, and will its goals help us stave off climate change risks? We take a look at some of the issues facing Monsanto right now.

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While Olive Garden Donates Food, Its Employees Are on Public Assistance

Because they receive tips, many servers at restaurants such as Olive Garden are paid a minimum wage far below what the U.S. government requires for most workers. And while the company donates millions of meals annually, one Olive Garden employee reports that workers are not allowed to take leftover food home — and often rely on public assistance to get by.

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Reducing Food Waste By Feeding Scraps To Pigs

Taiwan is one of a handful of countries that have institutionalized the practice of feeding food scraps to livestock. About two-third’s of the country’s food waste is fed to its 5.5 million pigs.

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Greenpeace: Tuna Recalls Aren’t Big Enough

Bumble Bee is recalling more than 31,000 cases of chunk light tuna after a malfunction left the cans partially cooked. Two other companies have also issued recalls. But Greenpeace is asking whether, given human rights and environmental abuses it says it has documented on contracted tuna seiners, this limited recall is enough.