Cornucopia News Archive

No Fences

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

By Elizabeth Wolf, Communications & Development Director, The Cornucopia Institute

Image courtesy of Coonridge Dairy

When Nancy Coonridge says she lives with her goat herd in the “wilds of New Mexico,” she’s not exaggerating. Coonridge Organic Goat Cheese Dairy perches at 8,000 feet elevation in the dry, rim rock country of western New Mexico, near the Continental Divide. The mailbox is two hours away by dirt road. The year’s water comes from rain and snow captured from the roof, electricity from solar panels. Cell phones don’t work here.

“When we say our goats are ‘free range’ we do not mean they have a pasture, however large. We mean there are no fences and no human neighbors for miles and miles,” Coonridge explains. Read Full Article »

Citizen-Lobbyists: Testify at Spring NOSB Meeting!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Texas.USDACan you help stand up for organic food and farming in San Antonio, Texas? The Cornucopia Institute needs citizen-lobbyists to testify at the National Organic Standards Board this April 29-30 in San Antonio. You need not be an expert—only dedicated to organic integrity. And your appearance will be brief. Each speaker gets one to four minutes. We will provide you with background information on the issues the Board is considering, testimony, and assistance with logistics.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping out and lives near San Antonio, please consider helping us make the case for organic integrity. Contact Jason Cole at cole(at) or (608) 625-2000 by April 7. Read Full Article »

USDA Seeks Nominations for the National Organic Standards Board

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Four seats are open on the 15-member citizen board that advises the USDA National Organic Program. Nominations to fill the vacancies—for an environmentalist, an organic producer, an organic handler, and a retailer—are due May 15. “NOSB members serve a vital role for the organic community advising the Secretary of Agriculture (mostly through the NOP) and being an important link to the USDA,” said former NOSB Chair Barry Flamm, a Cornucopia board member. “The Board needs good people with the necessary knowledge and experience that will support organic integrity in the fullest meaning of organics.”

USDA.PowerGrabCornucopia’s Organic Watergate report calls out the USDA for its history of stacking the Board with corporate agribusiness executives and appointing non-farmers to the organic producer seat.

The Board members whose terms are ending are:

  • Wendy Fulwider, Animal Care Specialist, CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley – organic farmer seat
  • Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides – environmentalist/ resource conservationist seat
  • John Foster, Director of Compliance for Quality, Food Safety & Organic Integrity, Earthbound Farm – organic handler seat
  • Joe Dixon, Food, Organic and Environmental Quality Standards Coordinator, Whole Foods Markets – retailer seat Read Full Article »

What are the Legal Differences between Organic and ‘Natural’ Labels?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

[NOTE:  This is an excerpt from Cornucopia's report: "Cereal Crimes: How "Natural" Claims Deceive Consumers and Undermine the Organic Label—A Look Down the Cereal and Granola Aisle." To read the full report, click here.]

CI_OrganicNaturalLabelsIt seems like an almost daily occurrence: major food brands facing lawsuits over use of the term “natural” on foods that contain artificial ingredients or genetically modified organisms. How does this happen? When organic food isn’t available, those products marketed as natural would seem to be the second best option, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Read Full Article »

Gut-Wrenching: New Studies Reveal the Insidious Effects of Glyphosate

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

By Pamela Coleman, PhD
Farm and Food Policy Analyst
The Cornucopia Institute

Credit: Tim McCabe, USDA NRCS

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in one of the most heavily used herbicide in the world: Monsanto’s Roundup®. The industry claims that Roundup® is quite safe, but authors of a recent article in the scientific journal Entropy reach a very different conclusion:

“Contrary to the current widely-held misconception that glyphosate is relatively harmless to humans, the available evidence shows that glyphosate may rather be the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.”[i] [emphasis added] Read Full Article »