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.
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
by John Vidal in Bihar, India
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 »
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
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 »
August 8th, 2016
Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia’s codirector, Mark Kastel, notes that Big Organic Dairies harm truly organic dairies “by doing everything wrong and putting the organic seal on the product. This is unfair.”
Understanding the Whole Cost of Cheap Milk
by Andrea Hayley
Industrial farming is highly efficient, but is it sustainable?
It’s a ‘get big or get out’ economy for dairy farmers in America. It is a trend that gives pause as to what our landscapes are becoming, what is happening to the integrity of our dairy supply, and what will become of the sustainable family farm, which has been around since our country was founded.
Due to low prices, farmers have been forced to abandon their diary farms in droves over the last 20 years as the prevailing economics of the industry have become unsustainable for all but the largest farms. Nationwide, the number of dairy farms has declined by 60 percent, even as total milk production has increased by a third, according to the USDA. Read Full Article »
August 8th, 2016
Cornucopia’s Take: As consumers become more aware of what is in their food, farmers are stepping up to meet the demand for local produce.
Farm to workplace: CSAs get hyper local
Bangor Daily News
by Kathleen Pierce, BDN Staff
PORTLAND, Maine — A truck pulls up to Maine Medical Center, and stethoscope-draped employees in white coats grab boxes. Contained within, a farm-fresh bounty of rhubarb, strawberries, peas and mushrooms awaits. This new workplace farm share from Lakeside Family Farm in Newport makes it easy for office workers across the state to eat local and healthy.
“They walk out office doors, go home and cook vegetables. It’s convenient for people that find home gardens too much trouble or are too busy to go to farmers markets and just want to walk out the door,” said Sarah Redfield, owner of Lakeside Family Farm, which launched the new weekly service in Portland on the last day in June. Read Full Article »
August 5th, 2016
Cornucopia’s Take: Organic food activist Elizabeth Kucinich talks about how the DARK Act was passed, what it entails, and what comes next.
‘Dark Act’ won’t truly label GMO’s – Food & agriculture consultant
Facebook – Elizabeth Kucinich
by RT America
Critics have branded the new law requiring the labeling of GMO products the DARK Act, short for “Denying Americans the Right to Know,” arguing that it allows companies to use QR codes or 1-800 numbers as a form of labeling, forcing consumers to scan the code or make a call to get more information. Independent food and agriculture consultant Elizabeth Kucinich joins RT America’s Lindsay France to discuss the law, which she claims “won’t truly label GMO’s.” Read Full Article »