Action Alert: Origin of Livestock Rulemaking Re-Opened for Comment

This post was originally published on this siteComment by December 2 Under pressure from organic dairy farmers, farmer and consumer groups, and Congress, the National Organic Program (NOP) recently re-opened the comment period for the 2015 proposed rule on Origin of Livestock. Despite overwhelming support in 2015 for closing this loophole via the proposed Origin […]

The Final Chapter of Dean Foods: Bankruptcy

This post was originally published on this siteDean Foods, the largest domestic milk producer, announced on November 12 that it was filing for bankruptcy. The company’s organic portfolio is anemic after packaging its former branded products division as WhiteWave Foods in 2013. In 2017, Organic Valley controversially partnered with Dean Foods on a joint bottling […]

What the National Organic Program Doesn’t Say Is Telling

This post was originally published on this siteReport from the Fall 2019 National Organic Standards Board Meeting At the October meeting, National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Chair Harriet Behar identified several troubling issues that have plagued the organic program in recent years. These issues included the languishing origin of livestock, pasture, and native ecosystems rules, […]

Watchdog Cornucopia Remains Committed to Mission

This post was originally published on this siteBoard and Staff Retreat Marks New Chapter Under New Leadership Fueled by organic Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate, the board and staff of The Cornucopia Institute gathered in Minneapolis for three energizing days of staff and board meetings. Led by Jonathan Rosenthal, Cornucopia’s new interim executive director, the […]

Commercial Agriculture Research Finds Chemicals Are Better for the Environment?

This post was originally published on this siteHardly surprising. Source: Tobias Nordhausen, Flickr You may have seen the study suggesting that organic agriculture actually creates more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional agriculture. The Cornucopia Institute has observed research on this topic often comes from an industrial agriculture viewpoint. For more on this issue, read “Big […]

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA #NOSB

This post was originally published on this site Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via live tweet and web updates from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Pittsburgh, PA October 23-25th. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by […]

The Cornucopia Institute Hires Jonathan Rosenthal as Interim Executive Director

This post was originally published on this siteThe Cornucopia Institute is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jonathan Rosenthal as the new Interim Executive Director.  With this hire, Cornucopia is moving confidently to evolve into a more sustainable, relevant, and powerful voice in the good food movement. Rosenthal will shepherd the organization through a just, […]

Fall 2019 NOSB Meeting – Webinars: October 15 & 17

This post was originally published on this site Source: Mariah Dietzler, Flickr Cornucopia’s director of domestic policy, Marie Burcham, JD, attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinars on October 15 and 17, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Our notes from this meeting are below. Tuesday, October 15 NOSB members present: […]

The Cultivator – Fall 2019

This post was originally published on this siteThe fall 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF here. In it you’ll find: Bird by Bird Import Fraud Conventional Soy Damages the Environment Gatekeepers of Organic Integrity Good Tilth Toxins Found in Conventional Milk Co-creative Culture The post The Cultivator – Fall 2019 […]

Renaissance Family

This post was originally published on this siteThe Prevailing Winds of Weatherbury Farm [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Rachel Zegerius, Assistant Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Nestled in the tightly woven hills of the Washington Valley, 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, […]

Certifying Small Farms

This post was originally published on this siteThe Challenges and How Consumers Can DIY [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] Source: Adobe Stock Farmers markets are in full swing. Whenever possible, we urge consumers to support certified organic farm vendors first. But not all small-scale farmers choose […]

USDA Secretary Perdue Betrays His Disdain for Family-Scale Farmers Again

This post was originally published on this siteUSDA Secretary Perdue made comments at the World Dairy Expo this week that have inflamed family-scale dairy producers across the country: USDA Secretary PerdueSource: USDA, Flickr “…[B]ig get bigger and small go out. … It’s very difficult on economies of scale with the capital needs and all the […]

What’s In Your Pantry?

This post was originally published on this siteCornucopia Wants to Know  [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Anne Ross, JD, Director of International Policy at The Cornucopia Institute For Cornucopia’s team, every workday reminds us of our mission to safeguard organic integrity. This mission is built […]

A Decline in Biodiversity

This post was originally published on this siteSignals Danger for Native Pollinators  [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Source: AdobeStock Pollinators are essential to nature, food production, and the future of our planet as we […]

Nutritional Benefits of Pasture-Raised Food

This post was originally published on this siteFood Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) recently unveiled new materials that showcase the benefits of pasture-raised livestock and poultry, including how pasturing improves animal welfare and soil health. They also highlight studies that show pasturing produces meat, milk, and eggs with superior nutrition when compared with conventionally raised livestock. […]

Organic Grain Detectives Raise More Questions for the NOP

This post was originally published on this siteNew Paper by John Bobbe and Anne Ross, J.D. LL.M.:Potential, Failures, and Pitfalls of the National Organic Program in Getting Control of Organic Grain Fraud The integrity of organic grain underpins much of organic production. It provides the grains we eat, and it feeds the organic poultry, cattle, […]

The Cornucopia Institute Rates More than 100 Cottage Cheese Products in New Scorecard

This post was originally published on this siteComprehensive Report Gives Consumers Valuable Tool to Decode Dairy Aisle The Cornucopia Institute, which produces science-based reports that empower consumers to make informed decisions about their food choices, recently completed an investigation into the cottage cheese industry, a re-emerging market that’s forecasted to grow nearly 10% by 2022. […]

Origin of Livestock Rule Crawls Through Regulatory Mire

This post was originally published on this siteThe crisis in organic dairy is ongoing, with many family scale organic farms barely staying afloat or already out of business. Source: Taylor Bennett, Flickr Ethical farmers believe this crisis is perpetuated by differing applications of the “origin of livestock” rules in the organic standards. And some certifiers […]

Alleged Animal Abuse at Known “Factory Organic” Dairy Under Watch of Texas Department of Agriculture

This post was originally published on this siteCornucopia files formal legal complaint, encourages consumers to rebuke the false marketing of factory organic brands [Read Cornucopia’s formal legal complaint to the USDA.] Natural Prairie Dairy operationImage from Cornucopia’s2014 Flyover Investigation Natural Prairie Dairy, one of the first “organic” dairies to employ industrial stocking practices, recently made […]

South American Grain Fraud Allegations Draw Industry Scrutiny

This post was originally published on this siteCornucopia has long called on the USDA to stop fraudulent organic grain imports from crossing U.S. borders. Cases of fraudulent organic grain imports originating from Eastern Europe are well documented, as is the USDA’s failure to expeditiously investigate and impose penalties on bad actors intent on defrauding American […]

The Crisis in Organic Dairy

This post was originally published on this siteConsumers Unite! [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute and Melody Morrell, Operations Director Source: AdobeStock Family-scale organic dairies are struggling to make ends meet. Many have already […]

Sign On: No GMOs in Organic!

This post was originally published on this siteThe Cornucopia Institute recently reported on troubling comments made by USDA Under Secretary Ibach at a House Agriculture Subcommittee meeting regarding the possibility of gene editing in organic. Dear Under Secretary Ibach and House Agriculture Subcommittee, USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach recently made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee suggesting […]

Cornucopia is Seeking an Executive Director

This post was originally published on this siteThe Cornucopia Institute is is seeking candidates for its Executive Director position. Cornucopia acts as an organic industry watchdog protecting organics and alternative marketing mechanisms allowing farmers and consumers to connect. We seek to defend the integrity of the organic food label from governmental regulatory indifference as well […]

GMO-Friendly USDA Ogling Organic

This post was originally published on this siteUnder Secretary’s Testimony Opens Discussion to “Enhance Organic Production” USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach recently made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee suggesting it is time to discuss the possible allowance of gene editing methods within organic production. USDA Under Secretary Greg IbachSource: USDA, Flickr Ibach’s words are […]

EPA Betrays Public Trust, Refuses to Ban Harmful Pesticide

This post was originally published on this siteChlorpyrifos is a widely-used pesticide with a trail of evidence of harm to children’s brain development. Prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos is known to reduce gray matter in fetuses and subsequently to lower IQs in children. EPA research has confirmed this danger, and the chemical was slated to be […]

Economic Justice for Family-Scale Farms

This post was originally published on this site Cornucopia Director of Domestic Policy Marie Burcham, JD While industrial organic operations forsake the synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemicals of conventional agriculture, authentic organic farms provide numerous ecosystem services for the benefit of all. As the landscape of organic evolves, Cornucopia continues to monitor the industry and […]

GMO Companies May Soon Regulate Themselves: Comment by August 6

This post was originally published on this siteNew rules put agriculture and the public at risk The USDA has recently proposed a set of rules that would allow chemical companies such as Dow and Bayer/Monsanto to determine the safety of their own products. The proposed rules, now open for public comment, would further deregulate an […]

Farmer Blows the Whistle on Fraudulent Imports

This post was originally published on this siteCornucopia continues to investigate organic grain imports and monitor USDA efforts to stop the flow of fraudulent organic grain into the U.S. John Bobbe and Cornucopia’s Anne Ross The article below features the impactful work of John Bobbe, the former executive director of OFARM, the largest organic grain […]

Cornucopia’s Domestic Policy Director on Plant-Based Beverages

This post was originally published on this site Welcome to the live chat about Cornucopia’s recent report and scorecard on plant-based beverages. Posted by The Cornucopia Institute on Monday, July 8, 2019 To unmute, click on the sound icon in the lower right corner of the video. Cornucopia’s domestic policy director Marie Burcham recently offered […]

Add-On Label Identifies Real Organic Food

This post was originally published on this siteThe USDA’s National Organic Program has failed consumers and true organic farmers by refusing to enforce pasture requirements for organic livestock and by allowing hydroponic produce to bear the organic label. As such, add-on labels are emerging to help consumers differentiate between industrial and authentic organic. Cornucopia supports […]