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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.

Groups Sue to Force FDA to Act on Chemical in Food Packaging

April 28th, 2016

Center for Food Safety

Perchlorate is highly flammable and
used in rocket fuel
Source: Steve Jurvetson

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Food Safety, on behalf of themselves and four other public health and environmental organizations, sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to force it to act on a petition to ban perchlorate in food packaging. The groups filed the petition in December 2014.  The agency missed a June 2015 deadline to respond to the petition.

Co-petitioners include Breast Cancer Fund, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Environmental Working Group.

Perchlorate impairs hormone production critical to brain development and poses a health threat, particularly to fetuses, infants and children. FDA has approved it for certain specific uses, including as an anti-static agent in plastic packaging for dry foods such as beans, rice and flour. Read Full Article »

Talking Organic Standards with Mark Kastel

April 28th, 2016

Living Maxwell – Facebook

MarkLivingMaxwellMax Goldberg of interviewed Cornucopia Codirector Mark Kastel in Washington, D.C. during this week’s National Organic Standards Board meetings. Mark shared his thoughts on developments there.

To watch this interview you will need to “like” the livingmaxwell Facebook page.

Click on the image to watch.

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Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Washington, DC #NOSB

April 25th, 2016

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Join The Cornucopia Institute as we live tweet from the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Washington, D.C. We will be sharing the play by play with our Twitter followers under #NOSB or simply follow our stream.

If you’re not already following us on Twitter, please do so here.

Read The Cornucopia Institute’s written comments to the NOSB here.

You can also stay updated throughout the meeting right here:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The NOSB meeting has adjourned.

3:59 p.m. ET: The Crops Subcommittee presented a discussion document to consider an annotation change for EPA List 4 Inerts to prohibit substances from the group known as nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). This annotation change would be presented as an additional recommendation prior to the implementation of the October 2015 NOSB recommendation for a new annotation for inerts that references FIFRA 25(b) inerts list and EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredients Lists.

Cornucopia supports the prohibition of NPEs, but wants the NOSB to continue to review inerts individually under OFPA criteria. You can read more in Cornucopia’s written comments here.

3:43 p.m. ET: The petition for soy wax – as production aids for use in log grown mushroom production, was sent back by the NOSB to Crops subcommittee. This was based on whether or not the annotation “must be made from non-GMO soybeans” should be an annotation on the listing, given the fact the GMOs are already an excluded method.

NOSB Deliberations

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Cornucopia to Report Live from DC NOSB Meeting Next Week

April 22nd, 2016
Mark Kastel
Dr. Linley Dixon

Cornucopia codirector Mark Kastel and lead scientist Dr. Linley Dixon will report live from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Washington, D.C. You can get the play-by-play on Twitter or on our website for the three-day meeting that starts Monday, April 25.

The NOSB meets twice yearly to vote on recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture regarding the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOSB determines which synthetic/non-organic farm inputs or food ingredients are allowed in organics using these criteria: safety for human and wildlife health and the environment, essentiality, and compliance with other requirements in the law.  The NOSB also advises the USDA Secretary on organic policy issues. Read Full Article »

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ Produce Named Worst for Pesticide Exposure

April 21st, 2016

ABC News
by Dr. Gretchen Winter

Source: David Lenker

Those tart, sweet strawberries you’re eating this summer may be putting more than antioxidants in your system. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) declares strawberries the worst culprit for pesticide exposure this year, demoting the worst offender for the last five years, apples, to second place.

The “Dirty Dozen” list, updated annually by the EWG, outlines which produce items are most likely to contain pesticides. The goal of this list is to help people consider which produce may be best to buy organic, according to the organization. Topping the “Dirty Dozen” list are strawberries, apples, nectarines, and peaches. The “Clean Fifteen” lists items the EWG says you can safely eat with minimal concern for pesticides, including avocados, sweet corn, and pineapples. Read Full Article »

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