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.

Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 18th, 2014

LaCrosse Tribune
by David Pitt

syngenta-logoDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.

More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in 11 major corn-growing states, including Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska with hundreds more being prepared. Some suits are from farmers represented by individual attorneys, others are class-action lawsuits representing hundreds more.

A federal court panel that manages complex lawsuits involving large numbers of plaintiffs has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing in Charleston, South Carolina, to decide where to consolidate the cases. It’s likely to be in Iowa or Illinois, according to Rick Paul, an attorney representing 13 farmers who filed suit in federal court in Iowa. Read Full Article »

Monsanto, Dow Unit Sue Maui County Over GMO Law

November 18th, 2014

ABC News (AP)
by Audrey McAvoy

Source: David Casteel

Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu, asking a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect and to invalidate the measure.

“This local referendum interferes with and conflicts with long-established state and federal laws that support both the safety and lawful cultivation of GMO plants,” John Purcell, Monsanto Hawaii’s business and technology lead, said in a statement.

The case has been assigned to Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren, who earlier this year declared a Kauai County law regulating genetically modified crops was invalid because it was superseded by state law. Read Full Article »

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds – Official Trailer

November 17th, 2014

by Open Sesame

One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving film illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink…but given far less attention. Read Full Article »

Seasoned Organic Gardener Shares His Top Lessons Learned

November 17th, 2014

Effective deer control, efficient composting, timely irrigation, labor-saving weed control, and worthwhile variety selections help you grow tasty organic produce.

Rodale News
by Derek Fell

Source: Sally Hammerman,
In My Backyard Misty Hollow LLC

When I purchased historic Cedaridge Farm in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1989, I needed it to use it as an “outdoor studio.” Formerly a dairy farm established by Mennonite farmers in 1791, the 20-acre property allows me to test different gardening techniques and different varieties of flowers and vegetables.

It also allows me to photograph the results, both good and disappointing. As the author of more than 100 garden books and calendars, I have used the property to test vertical growing techniques for my book Vertical Gardening and variety selections for my book Grow This! As a consequence, I have developed 20 theme gardens connected by a trail that leads from one area to another, creating a visual adventure. From the very beginning, I decided to do it all organically, using no harmful chemical controls, and the results have been spectacular, with blemish-free lettuce, asparagus as thick as a man’s thumb, and armloads of man-high gladiolus. Read Full Article »

November 18, 2014: Dehulling Ancient Grains

November 14th, 2014
Black Emmer Wheat
Source: Daniel

Join eOrganic for a webinar on Dehulling Ancient Grains, presented by members of the NIFA OREI project: Value-added Grains for Local and Regional Food Systems. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 18 at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.
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One roadblock to the increased production of the “ancient” grains einkorn, emmer, and spelt is the need for dehulling capacity, since these grains do not thresh free of the hull in the combine. This webinar will provide an overview of the methods used to dehull grain and the components needed in a dehulling system. One focus will be on the current dehulling options for both larger-scale and small-scale growers, including custom dehulling, new and used dehullers, modification of milling/cleaning equipment to dehull, and building one’s own dehuller. The webinar will also focus on the economics of dehulling, including consideration of ancient grain yield, dehulling efficiency and costs, and prices for hulled and dehulled grain. The presenters are Brian Baker, Frank Kutka of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society, Elizabeth Dyck of OGRIN, and Nigel Tudor of Weatherbury Farm. Read Full Article »

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