#225 - The bad business behind baby formula | Curio

#225 - The bad business behind baby formula

23 mins | Jun 6, 2022

Today's episode from 6th June 2022. Tens of tonnes of baby formula have arrived in the US from Europe to help ease the desperation that families are facing. But why has it taken war-time measures to curtail this crisis? We take a look at an industry that's suffered from low competition yet high regulation. Then later, how does a lousy commute set the tone for the rest of your day? At the start of National Cycling Week in the UK, we hear how a more physical journey to work could make you more productive. Since Similac and Enfamil entered the market in the 1950s, they have dominated the American baby formula market without domestic or international challenges. This is due to strict regulations, which resulted in an inflexible market, vulnerable to when something goes wrong. As U.S. officials step in to ease the shortage, The Wall Street Journal's Jesse Newman and Annie Gasparro analyse how rising birth rates, the WIC, and disrupted supply chains have contributed to the formula crisis. It won't surprise anyone to know that a stressful commute has repercussions on your mood, and research demonstrates that a rough morning acts in the same way as a first falling domino, with effects felt down the line. For Bloomberg Businessweek, Arianne Cohen analyses the findings to discover how introducing a routine and incorporating physical exercise correlates with better daily performance and increased mental wellbeing. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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