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December 12th, 2013
By Steven Yablonski (Managing Editor), Susan Raff and Joseph Wenzel IV (News Editor)
“Not ashamed to admit it.” Wikipedia/Maggie Caldwell photo illustration
FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut has become a pioneer in food labeling as it is the first state to pass legislation to make companies say if their products contain genetically modified organisms or GMOs.
GMOs are used to help plants be resistant to herbicides and pesticides, but it’s done by taking DNA from a bacteria or a virus, which is inserted into the seed. GMOs are commonly found in corn, soy, canola and sugar. Read Full Article »
December 11th, 2013
[A version of this story originally appeared in The Cultivator, The Cornucopia Institute’s quarterly print publication available to members and online.]
My Road to Organics
Do you remember what sparked your decision to farm organically? Or to switch from heavily processed food to fresh, local, organic fare? Perhaps it was illness. Or concern for the environment and animal welfare. Maybe you wanted to protect your children’s health. Each of us has an aha! moment or moments. In this issue, Cornucopia board member Dave Minar tells how he came to farm organically at his family’s 100% grassfed dairy in Minnesota.
Dave and Florence Minar were named
MOSES Farmers of the Year in 2007
My organic story best begins with my entrepreneurial ancestors: a grandfather who was able to buy farms for all three of his sons and was a master craftsman who built his own retirement home in town, and then built a home for his daughter and son-in-law. His new home had a large root cellar that was filled with potatoes that were grown on his youngest son’s farm every fall. Although crippled by arthritis, Grandfather’s potato business was a major source of his retirement income and was a way for him to be connected to his community, as almost everyone in our town came to buy his potatoes. Read Full Article »
December 10th, 2013
The comment period for GE Apples has been extended to 11:59 P.M. ET on December 16.
For more, please click here for our action alert.
Docket No. APHIS–2012–0025
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD
APHIS, Station 3A–03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737–1238
December 9, 2013
The Cornucopia Institute is a 501(c)(3) public interest farm and food policy research organization. We are proud to represent approximately 9,000 members, who support healthy food and sustainable farms. We submit the following comments on Docket # APHIS-2012-0025 to express our opposition to the approval of the first genetically engineered apples – the Arctic Golden Delicious and Arctic Granny Smiths.
Cornucopia opposes the release of any genetically engineered (GE) apple varieties. We disagree with the USDA’s assumptions of safety regarding the ArcticTM Apple Events GD743 and GS784. Specifically, we note that “safety” of GE apples has not been established, it is based on assumptions and out-dated research. Read Full Article »
December 10th, 2013
New York Times
By Kenneth Chang
Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk, scientists are reporting.
The finding, published Monday in the journal PLOS One, is the most clear-cut instance of an organic food’s offering a nutritional advantage over its conventional counterpart. Studies looking at organic fruits and vegetables have been less conclusive.
Drinking whole organic milk “will certainly lessen the risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” said the study’s lead author, Charles M. Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“All milk is healthy and good for people,” he continued, “but organic milk is better, because it has a more favorable balance of these fatty acids” — omega-3, typically found in fish and flaxseed, versus omega-6, which is abundant in many fried foods like potato chips. Read Full Article »
December 9th, 2013
Contacted by Cornucopia staff, the USDA today confirmed that they have extended the comment period through Monday, December 16 on the controversial genetically engineered Arctic Apple®. The federal website comment portal had been experiencing availability problems and was cited as the reason for the extension.
Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed a GMO Golden and Granny Smith apple that is designed not to brown when sliced and exposed to the air. Browning reflects an apple’s freshness – something all consumers are interested in.
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For more information, see Cornucopia’s original action alert.