The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.
March 27th, 2015
A voice from Benton County, OR
by Harry MacCormack
There is a disturbance on the Land, in our intestinal tracts, and in our cells and genes. It is not a new terror. It has been deteriorating life quality for over four generations. Reeking havoc daily at subtle, mostly unseen levels, the devastation is more and more widespread. Putting a face to this overpowering activity leads to illusive, mostly hidden figures who only surface as giant international corporate names with which we’ve all become familiar.
In the 1950’s its slogan became Better Living through Chemistry. In the 1980’s it began a campaign to “Feed The World Through Genetic Engineering. We as modern humans accepted what passed for science supporting this campaign, even though technologies based on that science were able to legitimatize the patenting of life processes, the turning into private-corporate property of our inherited Genetic Commons. Read Full Article »
March 26th, 2015
[NOTE: Barry Flamm is the Secretary of Cornucopia’s Board of Directors.]
Certified Organics: 2015
by Barry Flamm
Members of MOA care deeply about organics. For many it is your life: manifesting a deep conviction that organics is the future for agriculture if a healthy, sustainable world is to be achieved.
An important step in advancing U.S. organic production was the 1990 passage of the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA), which brought integrity and order to organic food production and marketing. This Act and the implementing regulations were driven by the organic community’s desire to insure the integrity of organics, which is reflected by the seal of approval, and to assure a continuing role of the organic community in maintaining the high standards for organics. Read Full Article »
March 26th, 2015
Consumer Reports’ new guidelines show you how to make the best choices for your health—and for the environment
Across America, confusion reigns in the supermarket aisles about how to eat healthfully. One thing on shopper’s minds: the pesticides in produce. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports survey of 1,050 people found that pesticides are a concern for 85 percent of Americans. So, are these worries justified? And should we all be buying organics—which can cost an average of 49 percent more than standard fruits and vegetables?
Experts at Consumer Reports believe that organic is always the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow our food. The risk from pesticides in produce grown conventionally varies from very low to very high, depending on the type of produce and on the country where it’s grown. The differences can be dramatic. For instance, eating one serving of green beans from the U.S. is 200 times riskier than eating a serving of U.S.-grown broccoli. Read Full Article »
March 25th, 2015
St. Louis Business Journal
by Ben Unglesbee
Monsanto Company has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in seven states, including Missouri, over the 2013 contamination of an Oregon wheat farm with the seed and biotech company’s genetically modified wheat.
In the settlement, Monsanto did not admit liability and agreed to donate $50,000 to land grant universities in each of the states represented in the lawsuit to advance the interests of wheat farmers and the wheat industry. The states involved in the settlement are Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Monsanto will also reimburse plaintiffs and their counsel for a portion of their out-of-pocket costs and fees associated with this litigation.
The settlement will lead to the dismissal of seven separate lawsuits. It will not resolve a suit brought by Arkansas wheat growers, whose case is still pending. Read Full Article »
March 25th, 2015
by Sarah Lazare
‘The tremendous amount of money spent speaks to depth of public unease about GMOs,’ says lead author
What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding with its high-cost public relations and lobbying efforts to convince the U.S. public that genetically modified organisms and pesticides are safe?
According to a just-released study by the newly-formed nonprofit organization U.S. Right to Know, the answer is: A great deal.
Entitled Seedy Business: What Big Food is hiding with its slick PR campaign on GMOs, and authored by Gary Ruskin, the study aims to expose the “sleazy tactics” of corporations like Monsanto and Dow Chemical. Read Full Article »