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.

Pesticides in Produce

March 26th, 2015

Consumer Reports

Source: Remster 9

Consumer Reports’ new guidelines show you how to make the best choices for your health—and for the environment

Across America, confusion reigns in the supermarket aisles about how to eat healthfully. One thing on shopper’s minds: the pesticides in produce. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports survey of 1,050 people found that pesticides are a concern for 85 percent of Americans. So, are these worries justified? And should we all be buying organics—which can cost an average of 49 percent more than standard fruits and vegetables?

Experts at Consumer Reports believe that organic is always the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow our food. The risk from pesticides in produce grown conventionally varies from very low to very high, depending on the type of produce and on the country where it’s grown. The differences can be dramatic. For instance, eating one serving of green beans from the U.S. is 200 times riskier than eating a serving of U.S.-grown broccoli. Read Full Article »

Monsanto Settles With Farmers Over GMO Wheat

March 25th, 2015

St. Louis Business Journal
by Ben Unglesbee

Source: Occupy Reno Media Committee

Monsanto Company has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in seven states, including Missouri, over the 2013 contamination of an Oregon wheat farm with the seed and biotech company’s genetically modified wheat.

In the settlement, Monsanto did not admit liability and agreed to donate $50,000 to land grant universities in each of the states represented in the lawsuit to advance the interests of wheat farmers and the wheat industry. The states involved in the settlement are Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Monsanto will also reimburse plaintiffs and their counsel for a portion of their out-of-pocket costs and fees associated with this litigation.

The settlement will lead to the dismissal of seven separate lawsuits. It will not resolve a suit brought by Arkansas wheat growers, whose case is still pending. Read Full Article »

‘Seedy Business': New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry’s High-Cost PR Machine

March 25th, 2015

Common Dreams
by Sarah Lazare

Source: TP Martins

‘The tremendous amount of money spent speaks to depth of public unease about GMOs,’ says lead author

What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding with its high-cost public relations and lobbying efforts to convince the U.S. public that genetically modified organisms and pesticides are safe?

According to a just-released study by the newly-formed nonprofit organization U.S. Right to Know, the answer is: A great deal.

Entitled Seedy Business: What Big Food is hiding with its slick PR campaign on GMOs, and authored by Gary Ruskin, the study aims to expose the “sleazy tactics” of corporations like Monsanto and Dow Chemical. Read Full Article »

Why You Should Grow Heirloom Seeds

March 24th, 2015

Organic Lesson
by Sam Cho

When I bought seeds for the first time, I did not know what the difference was between heirloom, hybrid, and GMO. If you are in the same boat as I used to be then check out the infographic below to learn what the main differences are. Feel free to use the embed code below if you want to share it on your website or blog.

Heirloom Seed Infographic
Source: Organic Lesson
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Bees Victory in Pesticide Battle – Bayer Libel Action Dismissed

March 24th, 2015

The Ecologist
by Oliver Tickell

Source: Irene Florez

Chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to sue Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that its pesticide Thiacloprid harms bees. Now pressure is growing on the EU to add the neonicotinoid to the three already banned.

German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to sue Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) over its claims that two of its pesticide formulations harm bees.

A judge in Dusseldorf has ruled that BUND had a right to voice its concerns about Bayer’s ‘Calypso‘ and ‘Lizetan’ pesticide formulations, sold to consumers as “not toxic to bees”. Both contain the neonicotinoid Thiacloprid which is associated with harm to bees.

“We are delighted with this achievement”, said BUND’s pesticide expert Tomas Brückmann.“This is a victory for the bees and freedom.” Read Full Article »

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