Today’s quick hits, November 5, 2019

Investigating nutrition research (Politico): Investment by the Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health in nutrition research is dwindling, despite national concern about diet-related illness.

McDonald’s head is out (Wall Street Journal): The CEO of McDonald’s, Steve Easterbrook, was fired due to a relationship with an employee; the company will pay him 26 weeks of severance.

Wine country becomes fire country (Los Angeles Times): For the most part, Sonoma County’s wineries and their fields of vines survived the vast Kincade fire, but questions remain over what the economic impact will be on family-owned operations.

Urban agriculture goes underground (Modern Farmer): Visitors undergo a decontamination process before stepping into a pink-hued, temperature controlled work area of Growing Underground, an urban farm located in converted World War II bomb shelters beneath London.

Looking for a hemp buyer (Reuters): Two-thirds of hemp farmers lacked a buyer for this year’s harvest, as experts report a hemp glut that has driven down prices; some fear small growers will be driven out.