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 previous research. Criticisms of those previous studies included the small sample size, drawing attention to … Read moreYour Pesticide Levels Can Drop Dramatically by Eating All Organic

China Stacks Hogs to Save Land and Transportation Costs

Cornucopia’s Take: The article below offers surreal imagery of hogs raised in high-rise farms. Hog waste from one such facility will be shunted to on-site waste treatment facilities before being sold to farmers as fertilizer and sprayed on nearby forests. Observers of intensive livestock management worry that the set-up creates a massive disease vector. Seven … Read moreChina Stacks Hogs to Save Land and Transportation Costs

GMO Bt Crops May Not Be as Safe as Advertised

Cornucopia’s Take: Cry toxins are highly active protein toxins originally isolated from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). They are genetically engineered into some GMO crops to perforate the gut membrane of insects that eat them. Poisoned pests stop eating and eventually die. Unfortunately, non-target animals, including monarch butterflies, swallowtail butterflies, lacewings, caddisflies, bees, water fleas, and … Read moreGMO Bt Crops May Not Be as Safe as Advertised

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 serious health implications, and recent testing has revealed dangerous levels in Wisconsin water. More than … Read moreSewage Sludge on Fields Poisoning Wisconsin Water

Judge to Allow Evidence of Monsanto’s Alleged Ghostwriting at Trial

Cornucopia’s Take: Edwin Hardeman, one of over 9,300 plaintiffs charging that Monsanto’s Roundup caused their cancer, has received tentatively good news. The presiding federal judge has allowed evidence pointing to Monsanto’s alleged ghostwriting of scientific research and attempts to influence regulators and scientists regarding Roundup’s safety. The order applies to two more upcoming cases before … Read moreJudge to Allow Evidence of Monsanto’s Alleged Ghostwriting at Trial

Big Ag’s Long Arms in Scientific Research

Cornucopia’s Take: As public funding for university research dwindles, industry research frequently fills the void. This means the questions researchers address are often questions Big Ag would like to see answered. Unfortunately, it also means that research performed by academics who seek to improve the health of people and the environment may find themselves on … Read moreBig Ag’s Long Arms in Scientific Research

Industrial Farming Alone Cannot Feed the World

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic farming plays an important role in sequestering carbon, building soil fertility, conserving water, providing high-nutrient food, and mitigating the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Industrial farms pump out billions of bushels of GMO corn and soy to feed sick livestock in massive CAFOs to flood markets with cheap bacon, hamburger, milk, … Read moreIndustrial Farming Alone Cannot Feed the World

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 U.S. have been reformulated without them for sale in Europe. The article below details some … Read moreU.S. Continues to Allow Harmful Food Additives Banned in Europe

USDA Back to Work with the Shutdown Over

Cornucopia’s Take: As spring planting decisions begin for farmers, 62 USDA reports have been delayed by the federal government shutdown. With USDA personnel back in their offices this week, reports will be released, farmer loans can again be originated, and tariff payments will be disbursed. The agency’s WASDE report, a monthly crop report for the … Read moreUSDA Back to Work with the Shutdown Over

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 this season for repairs, testing, and removal of any E. coli-contaminated sediment. Feedlots promote dangerous … Read more2018 E. Coli Outbreaks May Have Been Due to Water Contamination

Trust Through Transparency

Managing Conflicts of Interest in the National Organic Program [This article was previously published, in abbreviated form, in the winter issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Anne Ross, JD Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute Source: AdobeStock Many federal and state laws, professional bodies, and associations establish policies that recognize conflicts … Read moreTrust Through Transparency

Known Health Concerns About Glyphosate, the Main Ingredient in Roundup

Cornucopia’s Take: Use of the herbicide glyphosate has skyrocketed around the world since the introduction of crops genetically engineered to be Roundup Ready (resistant) in 1996. While the EPA insists that glyphosate does not cause cancer in humans, some research reviews have come to different findings. U.S. Right to Know seeks transparency in the food … Read moreKnown Health Concerns About Glyphosate, the Main Ingredient in Roundup

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 upswing in organic food purchasing. Retail View: Data show that organics still thriving The Produce … Read moreOrganic Accounts for 14% of Money Spent in the Produce Aisle

Farmer Loans On Hold Until the Federal Government Re-Opens

Cornucopia’s Take: Many farmers have lost opportunities or remain uncertain as to how they will get needed loans for the upcoming growing season with USDA FSA offices closed during the shutdown. Secretary Perdue announced that offices will be open January 17, 18, and 22 to producers with existing loans only. Farm Country Stood by Trump. … Read moreFarmer Loans On Hold Until the Federal Government Re-Opens

USDA FSA Offices Open Temporarily During Shutdown on January 17, 18, and 22

Cornucopia’s Take: Producers with existing farm loans who need assistance or 1099s for taxes have three days to get help during the federal government shutdown. Share this story with farmers you know! USDA FSA offices temporarily reopen during government shutdown Feedstuffs.com Offices will be open Jan. 17, 18 and 22 to assist producers with existing … Read moreUSDA FSA Offices Open Temporarily During Shutdown on January 17, 18, and 22

Organic Advocacy Groups File Legal Action to Prohibit Hydroponics from Organic

[Read the rulemaking petition to the USDA.] Healthy Soils are a Legal Requirement of Organic Production Soil-less “Organic” Systems are Misleading to Consumers, Undercut Farmers Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a new legal action demanding the Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibit hydroponic operations from the organic label. Hydroponic production systems—a catch-all term that applies to food production … Read moreOrganic Advocacy Groups File Legal Action to Prohibit Hydroponics from Organic

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 and organic foods are no longer narrow niche markets and that promoting organic food can … Read moreRestaurants Frequently Misrepresent What’s Organic

The Cultivator – Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF here. In it you’ll find: Healthy, Nutritious, or Hype? Who Needs the Organic Label? Organic Farmers Improve Ecosystem Services Trust Through Transparency Cornucopia Members Speak Up! “Organic” Restaurant Marketing Faith in Farming   The post The Cultivator – Winter 2018 appeared first … Read moreThe Cultivator – Winter 2018

USDA’s “GMO Labeling Law” is a Farce

Cornucopia’s Take: The GMO labeling law crawled out of the swamp in time for Christmas. The USDA will allow QR codes instead of legitimate labeling and, for those who do choose to label clearly, the necessary language is the little-know phrase, “bioengineered food.” Soda and oils made from GMOs are exempt from any labeling. The … Read moreUSDA’s “GMO Labeling Law” is a Farce

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 patent new antibiotics? Unfortunately, the discovery of effective, new, broad-spectrum antibiotics is very difficult and … Read moreAs Bacteria Grow Resistance, New Antibiotics Become More and More Rare

The Milkhouse Farmers Talk About Authentic Organic Dairying

Cornucopia’s Take: The Real Organic Project, a farmer-driven nonprofit devoted to foundational organic values and practices, is offering videos of authentic organic farming across the country. Caitlin and Andy of The Milkhouse share their love for their cows and farming, as well as some of the issues facing small, organic dairy farms right now. The Milkhouse … Read moreThe Milkhouse Farmers Talk About Authentic Organic Dairying

Double Your Donation Until Midnight on New Year’s Eve: Protect Your Food and the Best Farmers

Dear allies in the authentic food movement, For the next few hours, you can take advantage of doubling your money to protect the authenticity of the food you want to eat and support the livelihoods of families practicing eco-agriculture (many of whom are financially stressed right now). Making a gift at this time really leverages your dollars and voice. We are … Read moreDouble Your Donation Until Midnight on New Year’s Eve: Protect Your Food and the Best Farmers

Danone Trying to Unload the Failing Earthbound Farms from Its Portfolio

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia is often asked to create an organic vegetable scorecard. There are actually few recognizable fruit and vegetable brands, and nearly every one is produced on an industrial scale—including Danone’s Earthbound Farms and Campbell’s Bolthouse Farms. Their produce is trucked from California, Mexico, and elsewhere–and suffers from the long travel times. We recommend … Read moreDanone Trying to Unload the Failing Earthbound Farms from Its Portfolio

Former Dairy Farmer Jim Goodman: My Retirement was Mostly Voluntary

Mark Kastel and Jim Goodman with Jim’s Cows Cornucopia’s Take: I’m proud to call Jim Goodman a valued friend. We met 25 years ago, when I worked as a lobbyist for the Farmers Union and Jim was an activist with Family Farm Defenders. He’s a good man. Intellectually powerful, as you can tell by his writing, … Read moreFormer Dairy Farmer Jim Goodman: My Retirement was Mostly Voluntary

Is Your Organic Produce Grown Hydroponically? Mark Kastel on Facebook Live

  Watch Mark Kastel LIVE discuss hydroponics the big buck organic scam! View our report here: https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/12/weeding-the-organic-garden-ferreting-out-corruption/ Posted by The Cornucopia Institute on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 To unmute, click on the sound icon in the lower right corner of the video. Executive Director Mark Kastel explains why Cornucopia does not support the labeling of … Read moreIs Your Organic Produce Grown Hydroponically? Mark Kastel on Facebook Live

French Farmers To Be Off Glyphosate in Three Years

Cornucopia’s Take: While the U.S. government continues to bow to synthetic pesticide industry pressure, some European countries are taking serious steps to reduce the use of toxic pesticides on farmlands and common areas. The Macron Government in France is offering farmers expert help and forums to pool their knowledge during the transition to glyphosate-free growing. … Read moreFrench Farmers To Be Off Glyphosate in Three Years

Attempted Suicide in Wisconsin = Marketplace Fallout in Real Terms

Dear urban allies, You have the power. You have the power to protect your family by buying the truly best, authentic organic dairy products. And by doing so, you have the power to protect family farmers who get their hands dirty for a living and crack a sweat producing nutrient-superior milk. Right now, many are … Read moreAttempted Suicide in Wisconsin = Marketplace Fallout in Real Terms

U.S. Not Among Top 10 Most Sustainable Countries

Cornucopia’s Take: A case study developed by The Economist ranked countries according to nutritional challenges, food loss and waste, and sustainable agriculture. Overall, the U.S. ranked 24th—between Uganda and Ethiopia. Cornucopia strongly supports organic and sustainable farming for the health of human beings, wildlife, economic justice for farmers, and the environment. The world’s top 10 … Read moreU.S. Not Among Top 10 Most Sustainable Countries

New Farm Bill Weakens Organic Regulatory Oversight

Congress Agrees with Cornucopia: USDA Undermined Organics and Violated Law The 2018 Farm Bill is one of the biggest pieces of legislation of the year—but getting it off the ground has been a challenge for the divided Congress. With many Farm Bill programs already expired, or set to expire by the end of the year, … Read moreNew Farm Bill Weakens Organic Regulatory Oversight