Cornucopia News Archive

Rural Sociologist to Lead Cornucopia’s Communications and Development Team

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Jennifer Hayden, PhD

The Cornucopia Institute has hired Jennifer Hayden as its Communications and Development Director. Hayden holds a Ph.D. in rural sociology from Penn State, where her doctoral research focused on how farmers make soil management decisions. As a rural sociologist, she is concerned with the structure and history of agriculture and with conducting research with, rather than for, farmers.

The Cornucopia Institute is a national non-profit organization, based in Wisconsin, engaged in research and education activities concerning farming and food policy. Cornucopia has earned a reputation as a watchdog over corporate and governmental activities involved with organic food and agriculture. One of Cornucopia’s founding advisors was the late renowned rural sociologist Fred Buttel.

Hayden’s research interests dovetail with her experience in non-profit development and communications, helping to tell the story of the changing landscape of organic agriculture, while ensuring that organic farmers and eaters have the information, networks and support needed to help uphold the integrity of the organic standards. Read Full Article »

Watch Your Language!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

[This article was previously published in the spring issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.]

by Melody Morrell, Data Analyst & Research Specialist at The Cornucopia Institute

Source: Dollar Photo Club

Good Food Words Coopted by Big Ag

Words rise up to describe the work of a farmer caring for her land, her herd, her community. These words multiply, interbreed, compete, and converge: the ecology of language.

Just as a word becomes recognizable to consumers, it’s often quickly snatched up by corporations and rendered meaningless. The word “green”, which arose in response to toxic chemicals and environmental degradation, was co-opted by Big Business and is now most often used as part of the phrase “green-washing.” Read Full Article »

Talking Organic Standards with Mark Kastel

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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 »