Cornucopia News Archive

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

Monday, April 25th, 2016

NOSB_DC_TwitterAprilLast Updated: 4-27-16, 5:00 p.m. ET

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.

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

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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 »

Cornucopia President’s Message for the NOSB: Don’t Rubberstamp the USDA/Corporate Takeover

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Yesterday, the National Organic Standards Board held a webinar to gather public comments in advance of their three-day Spring meeting that begins on April 25.  Cornucopia’s board president, Helen Kees, presented testimony during the webinar.  That testimony appears below.  Below Helen’s testimony you will find a link to a summary of other comments made by individuals during the webinar.


Helen Kees, Board President

Helen Kees, Board President

Good afternoon.

My name is Helen Kees, and I am president of The Cornucopia Institute. I am speaking to you from our diversified family farm in west central Wisconsin.

Our farm is named Wheatfield Hill Organics in honor of the crop my grandfather grew on a “bluff” field that was heavy enough to raise wheat. I stand on the shoulders of my fore parents with an awesome responsibility. I was formed in my mother’s womb from this very soil and am now entrusted with keeping it sacred enough to raise food fit to nourish other life.

My grandchildren are the fifth generation to live and work on our farm. We are farmers. We have chosen to be certified organic farmers for the past 20 years. We have no full-time employees. Family members constitute the labor for our farm outside of some seasonal help. Read Full Article »

USDA Sued for Corporate Hijack of Organic Industry Governing Board

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

[View Cornucopia’s legal complaint here.]

Watchdog: Business Executives Appointed to Seats Congress Reserved for Farmers

Operating an organic farm?
Source: NEC Corp. of America

The Cornucopia Institute has filed a lawsuit challenging the USDA’s appointment of non-farmers to positions reserved by Congress for organic farmers on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  The NOSB is a 15-member citizens’ board established by Congress to determine what synthetic materials are safe and appropriate for use in organic food and agriculture, and to provide advice to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture on organic policy.

Congress, in passing the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), reserved four positions on the NOSB for individuals who “own or operate” an organic farm.  Other stakeholder interests, such as consumer, environmentalist and food processor, are also represented on the board.  Cornucopia’s lawsuit alleges that two of the board’s four farmer positions are occupied by full-time agribusiness executives, rather than farmers. Read Full Article »

Report Exposes Food Industry Cover-up

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

[Click here to read the updated carrageenan report]

Toxic, Carcinogenic, Degraded Carrageenan:
Widespread Contamination Present in the Common Food-Grade Ingredient

CarageenanReportCover2016A just-issued report by The Cornucopia Institute summarizes research on the common food additive carrageenan, exposing the industry’s hidden data demonstrating that all food-grade carrageenan contains a carcinogenic contaminant—low molecular weight poligeenan.

Carrageenan, harvested from specific species of red seaweed, is a highly effective thickener/stabilizer found in processed foods including infant formula, plant-based beverages, deli meats, and some dairy products, including cream. The controversy over carrageenan has existed between food industry representatives and public health researchers for years, but it is now flaring up again over its use in organic food.

Cornucopia’s report, Carrageenan: New Studies Reinforce Link to Inflammation, Cancer, and Diabetes, will be formally released in Washington, on April 25, at the upcoming meeting of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board. The board will be debating whether to remove carrageenan from its list of approved materials for use in organic food. Read Full Article »