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The Cornucopia Institute

How Committed Is Your State to Local Food?

This post was originally published on this siteSupporting local farms not only supports your local economy, it also allows you to know how your food was produced. Cornucopia encourages consumers to buy local and organic food whenever possible. Fresh food… Continue Reading →

The Cornucopia Institute Examines Plant-Based Beverages

This post was originally published on this siteAdvertising Promotes Them as a Health Food—But Are They? Cornucopia’s new report, “Pouring” Over Plant-Based Beverages, takes an in-depth look at what these beverages really offer consumers, how they are marketed, and how… Continue Reading →

National Organic Program Releases Clarification Regarding Glyphosate in “Organic” Hydroponic Production

This post was originally published on this siteRecent discussions surrounding “organic” hydroponic operations have had the organic community in an uproar. Serious questions were raised at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting this past April regarding rumors of hydroponic… Continue Reading →

Do We Have To Shun Meat to Save the Planet?

This post was originally published on this siteFactory farms focus on producing cheap food for huge profit gains. This comes with severe environmental and animal welfare costs that are not accounted for in the price of the meat product. Source:… Continue Reading →

Critical Conversations About the Future of Organic

This post was originally published on this siteThe integrity of the USDA organic seal is in jeopardy. As noted by Doug Crabtree of Vilicus Farms in the article below, we have to be more creative if we are to correct… Continue Reading →

Deadly “Super Fungus” Bred on Conventional Farms

This post was originally published on this siteThe majority of antibiotics in the U.S. are utilized in the livestock industry, both as  growth promoters and to control diseases that are common in the crowded, dirty, stress-filled environments where most conventional… Continue Reading →

One Organic Dairy Diversifies to Remain Afloat

Cornucopia’s Take: Creativity and diversification may help some organic dairy farmers keep their doors open. The farm in the story below has been able to take advantage of its proximity to major cities. While urban sprawl has meant the death… Continue Reading →

New Research Analysis Finds Glyphosate Linked to Cancer

Cornucopia’s Take: According to a new meta-analysis, people with prolonged or high-level exposure to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Bayer/Monsanto’s Roundup) are 41% more likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The study’s authors focused on the most extreme cases of glyphosate… Continue Reading →

Your Pesticide Levels Can Drop Dramatically by Eating All Organic

Cornucopia’s Take: In a new study, 16 children and adults who ate only organic food for six days experienced a 60.5% reduction in the levels of common pesticides in their bodies. Although the sample was very small, the study confirms similar… Continue Reading →

Sewage Sludge on Fields Poisoning Wisconsin Water

Cornucopia’s Take: Sewage sludge contains toxic wastes, including pharmaceuticals, household and industrial chemicals, and heavy metals. Many industrial chemicals, including compounds called PFAS used to make heat-resistant, stain-proof, and nonstick products, are unregulated. Very small amounts of PFAS compounds have… Continue Reading →

U.S. Continues to Allow Harmful Food Additives Banned in Europe

Cornucopia’s Take: Food processors add “value” to baked goods, cereals, packaged snack foods, and other foods often in part by adding preservatives, flavorings, added vitamins and minerals, and food coloring. Some products containing additives allowed by the FDA in the… Continue Reading →

2018 E. Coli Outbreaks May Have Been Due to Water Contamination

Cornucopia’s Take: Officials now suspect the bacterial outbreaks last year occurred because a California irrigation canal carried E. coli from a 100,000 head cattle feedlot to the irrigation ponds used to water romaine lettuce. Officials are draining the canal early… Continue Reading →

Organic Accounts for 14% of Money Spent in the Produce Aisle

Cornucopia’s Take: According to Neilsen data, organic produce sales continue to grow at a much faster pace than conventional produce sales. Neilsen posits that “mindful moms”—those seeking the best and safest food for their children and families—are driving the continued… Continue Reading →

Restaurants Frequently Misrepresent What’s Organic

USDA Will Enforce–But Consumers are the Frontline Investigators Many consumers who choose organic food for home cooked meals want the same benefits of organic certification when they eat out. Unfortunately, many are being misled or defrauded. Restaurants recognize that local… Continue Reading →

The Best Research Money Can Buy

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia seeks to help eaters find research on what is healthy and what is not, and the task is harder than you might think. In the case of carrageenan, a thickener and emulsifier often used in processing plant-based… Continue Reading →

As Bacteria Grow Resistance, New Antibiotics Become More and More Rare

Cornucopia’s Take: Most of us are familiar with the notion that bacteria treated with antibiotics in hospitals, feedlots, and in the course of normal human life are becoming resistant to the antibiotics prescribed to kill them. Why don’t scientists just… Continue Reading →

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