Media/News Archive

Corporate Meat Wins with TTIP

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Deregulation, policy decisions, quota expansion, and tariffs would enable huge meat corporations to rule the European and U.S. markets under TTIP, leaving family farmers out in the cold.

New Report Documents Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
by Shefali Sharma

SellingOffTheFarmBrussels – Today at the European Parliament, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Europe, Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. (AbL) (member of peasant farmers’ organisation Via Campesina), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and PowerShift released a new report documenting how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) empowers the global meat industry and undermines family farming.

The new report, Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP, is based on an in-depth examination of public negotiating positions, leaked negotiating texts, and industry documents. It analyses how TTIP’s “regulatory cooperation” agenda would affect existing rules that govern the U.S. and EU meat industries. The investigation found that the powerful meat industry is aggressively using TTIP to lower standards that protect public health, and undermine governments’ ability to create essential labour, environmental and animal welfare reforms in the future. If successful, TTIP would weaken regulations and undermine small-scale farming in Europe. Read Full Article »

CSAs Improve Family Nutrition and Cooking Knowledge

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Joining your local CSA supports the farmer by mitigating the risks inherent in farming, but it also provides consumers with nutrient-dense food and encourages the use of new recipes and cooking techniques. Support your local CSA!

USU study finds benefits to community-supported agriculture
by Kevin Opsahl

Stonebridge Farm CSA
Source: Kayann Short

NORTH LOGAN — Maren Wendel, of Providence, just moved from Idaho Falls to Cache Valley recently and did not have time to plant a vegetable garden for the summer.

Then she and her husband found out about community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs — a partnership between farms and the public, where customers pay the farmer in exchange for shares of the produce every week. Asked about her family’s involvement in a CSA program at the USU Student Organic Farm in North Logan on Tuesday, Wendel said it has changed the way her four kids eat.

“Especially in the first couple of weeks, they were really excited to eat salad,” Wendel said, showing off the bag of beets, radishes, kale and lettuce she picked up from the student farm. “This makes them excited to try more things.” Read Full Article »

Seeds Coated in Probiotics Improve Soil, Conserve Water

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: The seed industry has become increasingly consolidated as Monsanto and other Biotech players gobble up smaller companies. Rather than try to make target plants immune to pesticides, this new company is working to improve plant health.

Seed startup closes $100 million funding to tackle water scarcity
Food & Environment Reporting Network
by David Abel

Source: Tim M

Seed startup Indigo said that it closed a $100 million Series C investment, the largest private equity financing in the agriculture technology sector. Indigo first came onto the map in February when it unveiled cotton seeds laced in probiotics that conserve water and help replenish the soil. With more funding, the company plans to expand research and launch its first line of probiotic wheat seeds.

“The microbes covering Indigo Cotton are specifically chosen to help make the plants more resilient to (water) stress,” company CEO David Perry told The Verge. “Indigo plans to develop seed coatings that address issues like low nutrient stress, high salience stress, and threats like insect infestations.” Read Full Article »

USDA Refuses to Regulate Gene Editing

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: While President Obama considers signing the GMO labeling compromise, the newest GMO technique, gene editing, is escaping federal regulation. Cornucopia supports the precautionary principle: companies should prove the safety of their products before bringing them to market.

Americans Are Buying Gene-Edited Food That’s Not Labeled GMO
Bloomberg Technology
by Craig Giammona and 

Source: Neil Howard

Products made possible through gene-editing have landed on grocery shelves. Whether they’ll stay there is up to shoppers wary of technological tinkering.

Food companies are now required to label GMOs in Vermont, and debate is raging over a federal standard. But so far, regulators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have taken a pass on overseeing gene-edited crops. They say cutting DNA from a plant is not the same as adding genes from another organism. So corn injected with outside DNA is classified a genetically modified organism, but canola that can tolerate herbicide because scientists removed a gene is not. Read Full Article »

Junk Foods Subsidized by the Government

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: It is no coincidence that the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world. Organic food – unsubsidized by the U.S. government – is more expensive up front, but you get what you pay for.

How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit
The New York Times
by Anahad O’Connor

Source: Mariam S

At a time when almost three-quarters of the country is overweight or obese, it comes as no surprise that junk foods are the largest source of calories in the American diet. Topping the list are grain-based desserts like cookies, doughnuts and granola bars. (Yes, granola bars are dessert.)

That’s according to data from the federal government, which says that breads, sugary drinks, pizza, pasta dishes and “dairy desserts” like ice cream are also among Americans’ top 10 sources of calories. Read Full Article »