The Cornucopia Institute

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.

China Blocks US Imports Over GMO Contamination

December 17th, 2014

Global Research
by Christina Sarich

Source: Glendon Rolston

China has zero tolerance for many GMOs. They’ve made this clear by refusing US exports that contain genetically modified ingredients – not even in the parts per million range. Due to the recent contamination of hay from RoundUp ready GMO alfalfa, the Chinese government has now blacklisted hay from the US, and they are looking at Canada’s exports closely to determine if they will also need to be blacklisted.

One exporter of hay to China and other places around the world, Ed Shaw, said three American hay exporters have been blacklisted from exporting to China, and hundreds of container loads of hay have been turned away after GMO alfalfa was found in the loads. Read Full Article »

Protect Seed Libraries

December 16th, 2014

Legalize Seeds

Source: Polly Alida

After Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture adopted a policy restricting the Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, PA from sharing locally saved seed, several states have followed suit, threatening the continued existence of seed libraries. Seed laws exist to regulate entities that sell or commercially exchange seeds.

A seed library is a noncommercial nonprofit, cooperative, or governmental organization that donates seed and receives donations of seed, especially by encouraging members to learn about seed saving and donate seeds to the library. Donation of seed is not required in a seed library, so the sharing of seeds does not even rise to the level of barter or exchange, let alone sell. Seed libraries are far different in nature and scale than commercial seed companies and need to be appropriately recognized under the law to protect their ability to continue freely sharing seeds in communities across the country. Read Full Article »

Controversial French Scientist Defends GMO Research

December 15th, 2014

The Western Producer
by Karen Briere

Copyright  123RF Stock Photos

Copyright 123RF Stock Photos

French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini says attempts to discredit him and his research into GMOs and pesticides are negated by the fact his work continues.

Speaking to about 150 people in Regina Nov. 6, Seralini said he and fellow scientists have published new work on pesticide toxicity and are ready to publish more.

“We have republished our study, which was retracted because of dishonesty of the system,” he said.

“We have explained everything in books, in scientific papers, so I think they cannot do too much in front of reality, of truth.”

Seralini’s paper claimed that rats developed tumours from eating genetically modified corn and drinking water contaminated with Roundup. Read Full Article »

The Wheels of Local Government Get Very Slippery, Especially with Manure Spills

December 15th, 2014

[Editor’s Note:  Massive manure spills and their impact, such as described below, are happening all over the country.  This particular account comes from Wisconsin.]

By John Bobbe

Cave Point in Door County
Source: Elvis Kennedy

My wife and I have lived on the Door Peninsula in the same neighborhood for 36 years. It is the thumb on Wisconsin that sticks out into Lake Michigan. Door County is billed as the “Cape Cod” of the Midwest with over 300 miles of shoreline along the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  The county prides itself as a destination for millions of tourists.

On September 16, our home in Wisconsin’s southern Door County was in the path of a 640,000 gallon liquid manure spill from a neighbor’s 250 + cow dairy herd when a Slurrystore valve failed to close.  It was the second mishap within a week in the county.

An earlier spill in Jacksonport, north of Sturgeon Bay occurred when liquid manure was being applied to a field and ran down a sinkhole.  Several wells were and continue to be contaminated as of this writing.  People and pets have gotten sick and it has turned into a battle of insurance companies. Read Full Article »

A Message from the Oregon Yes on 92 Campaign

December 12th, 2014

Oregon Right to Know

OR-Right-to-KnowThe Yes on Measure 92 campaign is ending its efforts today. While Measure 92 will not emerge victorious in this election, our growing movement to label genetically engineered foods is neither defeated nor discouraged.

On Tuesday we went to court in a final attempt to have 4,600 uncounted ballots opened and counted in this race. Judge Kantor agreed that leaving 4,600 ballots uncounted in this election will cause irreparable harm to those voters and to the Measure 92 campaign. But he ultimately ruled that Oregon law didn’t allow him to issue the order to stop count.

More than 4,600 valid ballots rejected by elections officials remain uncounted. Those voters did everything right, completing, signing and returning their ballots on time. If their voices could be heard we believe it would result in victory for Measure 92. Read Full Article »

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