Do You Care Too? Organic Food/Farming Under Threat

Dear Friends, WOW! I was blown away by the outpouring of generosity from people who deeply care about the best food and best farms across the country — last week on Giving Tuesday Cornucopia exceeded the one-day fundraising record we set in 2017. Seeing all the online donations come in was a big morale boost for our entire … Read moreDo You Care Too? Organic Food/Farming Under Threat

The “Organic Pasture Rule”: How the Law Sets Minimum Standards for Grazing

by Marie Burcham, JD Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute Introduction to Organic Livestock and Grazing Requirements How organic livestock are produced is covered by specific regulations—the only such federal regulations concerning a food product that address how the animal was raised and not just the qualities of the final product. The … Read moreThe “Organic Pasture Rule”: How the Law Sets Minimum Standards for Grazing

Frack Water Considered for Irrigation and Drinking in New Mexico

Cornucopia’s Take: Fracking wastewater is notoriously polluted with radiation and numerous chemicals, many of which remain under the cloak of industry secrecy. In New Mexico, where water is scarce while oil and gas provide a significant part of the state’s funding, state officials are considering recycling frack water for use on crops and even in … Read moreFrack Water Considered for Irrigation and Drinking in New Mexico

Pollinators Show Less Interest in Domesticated Flowers and Pollen

Cornucopia’s Take: Domesticated flowering plants have often been bred for high yields and fruit storage life, but it turns out the resultant flowers may not appeal to pollinators as much as their wild counterparts. Scientists are beginning to consider the quality and taste of the pollen from the perspective of pollinators. This article talks about … Read morePollinators Show Less Interest in Domesticated Flowers and Pollen

Your Vote Will Encourage Charity Navigator to Evaluate and Rate Our Success

For a decade and a half, Cornucopia has been at the forefront of the fight to uphold the integrity of local and organic food and agriculture. As a tax-exempt public charity, we rely on the passionate moral and financial support of organic advocates from across the country. Cornucopia is proud to report that we have … Read moreYour Vote Will Encourage Charity Navigator to Evaluate and Rate Our Success

Soon-to-Open Aurora Dairy Plant in Colorado Under Watch

Cornucopia’s Take: Aurora is profiteering on the “organic story.” Consumers think they are supporting environmental stewardship, authentic organic farmers, and respectful treatment of livestock when they invest their food dollars in organic milk. Shipping raw milk from factory farms in Texas and Colorado, and then from coast-to-coast once it’s processed, is certainly not environmentally sound. … Read moreSoon-to-Open Aurora Dairy Plant in Colorado Under Watch

U.S. Trade War with China Leaves Conventional Grain Farmers Holding the Bag (of Soybeans)

Cornucopia’s Take:  China has tacked a 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese exports. Challenging weather this growing season further decreased yields and quality of grains in this country. All farmers, conventional and organic, are struggling–with some soybean farmers even plowing this year’s crop back into the ground due to … Read moreU.S. Trade War with China Leaves Conventional Grain Farmers Holding the Bag (of Soybeans)

Authentic Food/Farmers in Peril: Double Your Donation – Protect Organics!

Dear Good Food and Farming Advocates, The Fifth Crow Farm family On this this national day of charitable giving, I invite you to contribute to a cause I know you’re passionate about: good farming and good food. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, a generous foundation backing Cornucopia’s work has once again offered to DOUBLE … Read moreAuthentic Food/Farmers in Peril: Double Your Donation – Protect Organics!

Excited to join Cornucopia! And excited about #GivingTuesday!

Hello Cornucopia Members & Friends, I am excited to join The Cornucopia Institute’s team and introduce myself to you. Why have I joined Cornucopia and the effort to mobilize farmers and consumers to support integrity in the Good Food Movement? Because I want to help support organics and the farmers that produce them. I want … Read moreExcited to join Cornucopia! And excited about #GivingTuesday!

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday November 27

Giving Tuesday, the annual international day of charitable giving held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is less than a week away! Once again, Cornucopia will be joining thousands of organizations to amplify our collective efforts and celebrate our accomplishments while strengthening our resolve to continue the good fight with your support. While many are focused … Read moreSave the Date: #GivingTuesday November 27

Mark Kastel on Facebook Live: Thank YOUR Farmer This Thanksgiving

Click on the image above to watch the video on Facebook Truly organic farmers cultivate human and environmental health as well as excellent food. Cornucopia urges everyone to buy organic and thank their farmers over the holidays and throughout the year. Many organic family farmers are in crisis, barely able to keep food on their … Read moreMark Kastel on Facebook Live: Thank YOUR Farmer This Thanksgiving

Eliot Coleman: Organic is a System of Agriculture That Acknowledges the Pre-Eminence of Soil Life

Cornucopia’s Take: Pioneering organic farmer Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm in Maine has shared his knowledge of the soil and growing food with growers from around the world. He has also been a vocal critic of the USDA National Organic Program. Read his latest commentary on the NOP and organic below. DEFENDING THE MEANING OF … Read moreEliot Coleman: Organic is a System of Agriculture That Acknowledges the Pre-Eminence of Soil Life

If Glyphosate Was Listed as an Ingredient on Nutrition Labels, It Would Come Before Vitamins D and B12 in Honey Nut Cheerios

Cornucopia’s Take: As conventional and GMO farmers use more glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) in crop production, more glyphosate naturally makes its way into the food system. The best way to avoid glyphosate in the grocery store is to purchase only certified organic food. Supporting organic farmers also ensures they are able … Read moreIf Glyphosate Was Listed as an Ingredient on Nutrition Labels, It Would Come Before Vitamins D and B12 in Honey Nut Cheerios

Will Wisconsin’s New Governor Address the Dairy Crisis?

Cornucopia’s Take: As a national farm policy group, we don’t universally track state and local political issues. But in the prime organic agricultural production states, like California and Wisconsin, we do pay attention. As an example, the green-light for “organic” factory dairies in Texas has just six operations in the Longhorn State producing 1.4 times … Read moreWill Wisconsin’s New Governor Address the Dairy Crisis?

Organic Pork Remains Largely Out of Consumer Reach

Cornucopia’s Take: Conventional pork producers pen their hogs in overcrowded barns, spray them with pesticides, provide the cheapest feed available, and store their considerable manure in giant anaerobic lagoons where it is open to the environment and frequently pollutes local watersheds. These cut corners make conventional pork a very “cheap” meat. In contrast, organic hogs … Read moreOrganic Pork Remains Largely Out of Consumer Reach

Stop Agribusiness Mergers: 200+ Advocacy Groups Seek Congressional Support for Introduced Legislation

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia was among the 213 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations to seek Congressional support for a temporary halt to agribusiness mergers as the focus of legislation introduced by Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Mark Pocan. The proposed legislation would set up a commission to determine what impacts agribusiness consolidation has on … Read moreStop Agribusiness Mergers: 200+ Advocacy Groups Seek Congressional Support for Introduced Legislation

Register Soon: Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show December 4 – 7 in Kentucky

Acres USA publishes one of the most authoritative magazines, and sponsors an annual conference, addressing the educational needs of ecologically sound agricultural practitioners. They present tools for both agronomic and economic success. Many of this year’s eminently qualified speakers are long-time Cornucopia members. Acres U.S.A. The goal for the Acres U.S.A. 2018 Eco-Ag Conference & … Read moreRegister Soon: Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show December 4 – 7 in Kentucky

Unregulated GMOs Hiding in the Food Supply

Cornucopia’s Take: The USDA has determined that no regulation is needed for food genetically engineered using new technologies like CRISPR. Even after the proposed GMO labeling law goes into effect, slated for 2019, companies using these new technologies are exempted from labeling their products as genetically modified (see Cornucopia’s GMO Voting Scorecard to learn how … Read moreUnregulated GMOs Hiding in the Food Supply

Experts Call for EPA Ban on Organophosphate Pesticides

Cornucopia’s Take: Organophosphate pesticides are the most commonly used insecticides in conventional agriculture and were initially developed as a nerve gas. Extremely effective, even very low exposure via residues on food may lead to lowered IQ and learning disabilities in children. A new paper in PLOS Medicine reviews the science available on risks to children … Read moreExperts Call for EPA Ban on Organophosphate Pesticides

Congressional GMO Voters Guide: Who Sold Out the “Right to Know”

The Cornucopia Institute Grades Senators and Representatives Ahead of 2018 Fall Election Every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who voted for or against stripping states of the ability to require the labeling of genetically engineered food (“The Dark Act”) has received a grade on their votes on issues concerning transparency and … Read moreCongressional GMO Voters Guide: Who Sold Out the “Right to Know”

Organic Industry Watchdog Shuffles Leadership, Squares Off with Powerful Lobbyists

[Read Cornucopia’s formal Citizen Petition to the USDA for new regulations to prohibit the use of oil and gas wastewater in organic production.] Fracking Water, Synthetic Ingredients on Agenda at This Week’s USDA Meetings On the eve of the biannual meeting of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), in St. Paul, Minnesota, The Cornucopia Institute has … Read moreOrganic Industry Watchdog Shuffles Leadership, Squares Off with Powerful Lobbyists

Fall 2018 NOSB Meeting – Webinar: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cornucopia staff members attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinar today, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Cornucopia’s notes from this meeting are below. You can also view our notes from the Tuesday webinar. Ten of 15 NOSB members present at the beginning of the call: Source: Hideya Hamano Ashley Swaffar Jesse … Read moreFall 2018 NOSB Meeting – Webinar: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Regrets of a Salmon Farmer

Cornucopia’s Take: Salmon farming is huge business, dominated by a single company in the U.S. The fish are fed toxic feed, laced with multiple troubling chemicals. Under these circumstances, they are vulnerable to disease and parasites, including sea lice, and surrounding wild sea animals are infected as well. The current industry response is to pour … Read moreRegrets of a Salmon Farmer

Fall 2018 NOSB Meeting – Webinar: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Cornucopia staff member attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinar yesterday, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Cornucopia’s notes from this meeting are below. Thirteen of 15 NOSB members present: Source: Aaron Yoo Ashley Swaffar Jesse Buie  Emily Oakley Steve Ela Harriet Behar Asa Bradman A-dae Romero-Briones  Sue Baird  Tom … Read moreFall 2018 NOSB Meeting – Webinar: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Organic Consumers Have New Weapon to Fight Fraudulent Imports

Buyer’s Guide Highlights Brands Sourcing Exclusively from U.S. Farms In response to consumer concerns after published reports of fraudulent organic grain imports flooding the American market, The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has released a web-based Buyer’s Guide that identifies brands of organic dairy products, eggs, and poultry derived from animals that are exclusively … Read moreOrganic Consumers Have New Weapon to Fight Fraudulent Imports

Ex-Monsanto Scientist Decries the Potatoes He Bioengineered for Simplot

Cornucopia’s Take: Caius Rommens, PhD spent his career in bioengineering with Monsanto and JR Simplot. Encouraged by other industry scientists and the companies he worked for, he is responsible for the GMO traits in potatoes that have made it quietly to the market. In the article below, Rommens reflects on his past work and the … Read moreEx-Monsanto Scientist Decries the Potatoes He Bioengineered for Simplot

Pro-technology Think Tank Claims Non-GMO Campaign “Deceives Consumers”

Cornucopia’s Take: The innocuously named industry think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), has filed a Citizen Petition [PDF] with the FDA to request a prohibition on use of Non-GMO labeling on food. ITIF stops short of declaring all GMOs safe in their petition, but they do argue that there is no scientific difference between genetic … Read morePro-technology Think Tank Claims Non-GMO Campaign “Deceives Consumers”

Max Goldberg Interviews USDA Sec. Perdue on Organic Issues

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic Insider’s Max Goldberg interviewed USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the agency’s decision to allow hydroponic growers to label their produce “organic.” Perdue began by saying, “It shouldn’t be competitive,” and wound up with a quote about feeding people “more efficiently and more effectfully [sic] … around the world.” The organic label exists … Read moreMax Goldberg Interviews USDA Sec. Perdue on Organic Issues