The Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.

Farmers, Workers, and Allies Hold Speak Out Against Fast Track Outside Rep. Ron Kind’s La Crosse, Wis. Office on February 27

February 25th, 2015

Family Farm Defenders Urges Congressman Kind to
Support the Working People of Wisconsin by Opposing Unfair Trade Deals

Family Farm Defenders

Rep. Ron Kind

Farmers, workers and their allies will be speaking out against unfair trade deals and urging Rep. Ron Kind to oppose Fast Track outside his La Crosse, Wis. office (205 5th Ave. S. #400) on Friday, February 27 at 12:00 Noon.  Many of them will be gathering at 11:30 am outside the main entrance to the MOSES Organic Farming Conference  before heading over to Representative Kind’s office to insist that he standup for the interests of the working people of Wisconsin and not those of corporate elites.

The White House is now trying to railroad through Fast Track as a prerequisite for passing the TransPacific Partnership, as well as the TransAltantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  Under Fast Track, Congress will have no power to amend either sweeping trade deal. Worse yet, they are so secretive that much of Congress – including Rep. Kind – has not been allowed to even see a draft. Read Full Article »

Research Details Deluge of Spending by Opponents to GMO Labeling

February 25th, 2015

Final Infographic Spotlights Dueling Food Brands on Colorado and Oregon Initiatives

For the third election cycle in a row, biotech corporations and large agribusinesses narrowly defeated statewide citizen initiatives that would have mandated the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. This time the electoral showdowns took place in Oregon, where it was narrowly defeated, and Colorado where the loss was decisive after labeling backers chose to focus their resources on Oregon.

As in past campaigns in California (2012) and Washington (2013), the votes sparked a high-stakes bidding war pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar biotechnology interests and food industry giants.

Corporate opponents of labeling contributed unprecedented amounts of money in Oregon to narrowly push the No vote, ever so marginally, over the 50% mark.

The Cornucopia Institute has released an updated infographic that examines the final dollar totals spent on the state referendums.  Read Full Article »

10 Amazing Food Co-ops Across America

February 24th, 2015

[NOTE: The Cornucopia Institute is proud to partner with the nation’s 300+ co-op grocers—the original organic champions. Support your local co-op!]

Food Tank
by Rachel Lazar

Cooperatively owned grocery stores exist all over the country. Some have thousands of members and have been around since the 1970s, and some opened within the past few years to serve communities with unusual needs. Watch this video, below,  about the advantages of shopping at co-ops, and check this directory  for information about food co-ops near you.

Each co-op has a story – here are a few! Read Full Article »

Downtown St. Louis To Sprout Its First Rooftop Farm

February 24th, 2015

St. Louis Public Radio
by Véronique LaCapra

East Collegiate rooftop garden in Toronto
Source: Karen Stintz

St. Louis will soon have its first rooftop farm.

Urban Harvest STL signed a lease for the space this week on the roof of a two-story building a couple of blocks east of the City Museum.

The non-profit’s founding director, Mary Ostafi, said the 10,000 sq. ft. rooftop will be more than just a community garden. “We’re going to have an outdoor classroom, as well as a gathering space for community events,” Ostafi said. “We’ll be raising chickens and tending bees.” Read Full Article »

USDA Could Take the Environment Into Account in Its Next Dietary Guidelines

February 23rd, 2015

Will the US government incorporate environmental impacts into dietary guidelines for the first time? Or will it blink?

The Guardian
by Garrett Hering

Aurora Coldwater Dairy in Stratford, Texas

When a federal advisory committee created the first federal proposal to explore the relationship between nutrition and the environmental impacts of the American diet in December, it unsurprisingly drew the ire of meat producers and their allies in Congress.

It’s not hard to see why. One of the committee’s central findings was that: “A dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods … and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average US diet.” Read Full Article »

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