Media/News Archive

Cornucopia Calls Danone-WhiteWave Merger Bad for Farmers and Consumers

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Knowledgeable organic industry observer looks at Cornucopia’s call for the blocking of the Danone-WhiteWave merger.

Organic Watchdog Group Aims to Disrupt Danone-WhiteWave Merger to Save Organic Dairy Farmers
Organic Authority
by Jill Ettinger

Source: Guy Montag

In response to the recent announcement that Group Danone would purchase WhiteWave for more than $10 billion, organic industry watchdog group, The Cornucopia Institute, has filed complaints with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission citing the merger as a threat to U.S. organic dairy producers. The group has also launched a consumer petition urging federal authorities to investigate the merger.

In 2004, Group Danone, the French dairy conglomerate, which owns numerous conventional dairy brands including Activia, Oikos, and Dannon, purchased Stonyfield Yogurt, the largest organic yogurt brand in the world. And the acquisition of WhiteWave would bring Horizon, the largest U.S. organic dairy brand, under Danone’s umbrella as well, in a move The Cornucopia Institute says “will have a chilling impact on both competition in the consumer marketplace and the wholesale market for organic milk.” Read Full Article »

Eco-certified Wine Delivers Exemplary Taste for Less Money

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Grown without pesticides, organic and biodynamically grown grapes highlight the flavor of the earth they were grown in. The quality of the wine is comparable to more expensive conventional wines, even garnering higher ratings in blind taste tests from professionals.

Do eco-friendly wines taste better?
Provided by: University of California, Los Angeles

Source: Max Braun

It’s time to toast environmentally friendly grapes. A new UCLA study shows that eco-certified wine tastes better—and making the choice even easier, earlier research shows it’s often cheaper, too.

Though consumers remain reluctant to spend more on wine from organic grapes, the new study from UCLA researchers shows that in blind taste-tests professional wine reviewers give eco-certified wines higher ratings than regular wines. Read Full Article »

Iowa Farmers are Planting Prairie in Their Fields

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: More and more farmers, and researchers, are realizing the value of wild strips of land for soil and wildlife health.  It’s a sharp contrast to the approach taken by conventional ag for decades.

Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them
Washington Post
by Darryl Fears

Source: J Van Cise Photos

WRIGHT COUNTY, Iowa — There’s a wild presence in Tim Smith’s corn and soybean field that most farmers kill on sight.

Smith made his way toward it, hoisting his long legs over row after row of soybean plants under a baking mid-morning sun. “It’s right over there,” he said. He stopped at the edge of a Midwestern prairie, a thicket of tall flowers and grasses more frightening to farmers than any horror movie madman lurking in a barn with a chain saw.

Most growers say prairie is a nuisance that can choke crops. But not Smith. He is proud of the three acres he planted in the middle of one of the most productive farms in the county. He was there to show it off, not spray it. Read Full Article »

Rice Yields Skyrocket Thanks to Changes in Management Practices

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: While Big Ag continues to bill toxic pesticides, herbicides, and patented GMO seeds as the only way to feed the planet, organic methods have made headlines in India and worldwide for producing giant yields.

India’s rice revolution
The Guardian
by  in Bihar, India

Source: Yamanaka Tamaki

Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good rains in his village of Darveshpura in north-east India and he knew he could improve on the four or five tonnes per hectare that he usually managed. But every stalk he cut on his paddy field near the bank of the Sakri river seemed to weigh heavier than usual, every grain of rice was bigger and when his crop was weighed on the old village scales, even Kumar was shocked.

This was not six or even 10 or 20 tonnes. Kumar, a shy young farmer in Nalanda district of India’s poorest state Bihar, had – using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – grown an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land. This was a world record and with rice the staple food of more than half the world’s population of seven billion, big news. Read Full Article »

Cornell Student Takes on School’s GMO Propaganda

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Many educational institutions and their faculty receive money from biotech corporations, and, not coincidentally, tend to offer an uncritical view of GMO agriculture. More unbiased science is required to assess the many claims made by the biotech industry.

The GMO Debate: One Student’s Experience of Pro-GMO Propaganda at Cornell University
Independent Science News
by Robert Schooler

Source: HCC Pubic Information Office

My name is Robert, and I am a Cornell University undergraduate student. However, I’m not sure if I want to be one any more. Allow me to explain.

Cornell, as an institution, appears to be complicit in a shocking amount of ecologically destructive, academically unethical, and scientifically deceitful behavior. Perhaps the most potent example is Cornell’s deep ties to industrial GMO agriculture, and the affiliated corporations such as Monsanto. I’d like to share how I became aware of this troubling state of affairs. Read Full Article »