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.

GM Alfalfa Creeps Across Border

March 27th, 2015

The Western Producer
by Barb Glen

Source: Ken Figlioli

Although the Roundup Ready forage has been approved only for Eastern Canada, it’s been found in fields in Alberta and Saskatchewan

OLDS, Alta.— Discovery of genetically modified alfalfa in Western Canada, where it has not yet been approved, highlights the likelihood of its eventual spread, said the president of Forage Seed Canada Inc.

Heather Kerschbaumer said it would be preferable to keep GM alfalfa out of the West, at least until it is accepted by export markets.

However, discovery of the Roundup Ready forage in one Saskatchewan and one Alberta field within the past few years shows that will be difficult if not impossible. Read Full Article »

When Enough Is Enough and We Stand for Our Rights

March 27th, 2015

A voice from Benton County, OR

by Harry MacCormack

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. Wreaking 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 »

Former NOSB Chair: Approval Process for Synthetic/Non-Organic Materials… Turned on Its Head

March 26th, 2015

[NOTE:  Barry Flamm is the Secretary of Cornucopia’s Board of Directors.]

Certified Organics: 2015
by Barry Flamm

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 »

Pesticides in Produce

March 26th, 2015

Consumer Reports

Source: Remster 9

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 »

Monsanto Settles With Farmers Over GMO Wheat

March 25th, 2015

St. Louis Business Journal
by Ben Unglesbee

Source: Occupy Reno Media Committee

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 »

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