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.
November 14th, 2014
by Rick North
What a difference a week makes.
Late-counted ballots from all over Oregon have now reduced the vote deficit to only 6,371 on the GMO food labeling initiative.
At this point, a difference of around 2,900 votes or less would be enough to trigger an automatic recount, which goes into effect at .2% or less of all ballots cast for the measure.
There are around 13,000 ballots cast still not counted because something isn’t quite right with them – signatures not matching what is on record at the county election offices, missing signatures, unclear votes because of the ballots getting wet (this is Oregon, after all).
Moreover, there are still ballots that are already valid that haven’t been counted yet. We don’t know exactly how many, but there could certainly be another 10,000.
Voters who submitted one of the not-valid-yet ballots were notified by their county election offices. If they can go to their local office and correct the ballot by 5:00 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Nov. 18, the ballot will count. If they don’t, it won’t count. Read Full Article »
November 13th, 2014
by Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter
Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and food writer for the New York Times, is the author of “How to Cook Everything Fast.” Michael Pollan, who teaches journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Ricardo Salvador is a senior scientist and director of the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Olivier De Schutter, a professor of international human rights law at the Catholic University of Louvain, was the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food from 2008 to 2014.
How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on Americans’ well-being than any other human activity. The food industry is the largest sector of our economy; food touches everything from our health to the environment, climate change, economic inequality and the federal budget. Yet we have no food policy — no plan or agreed-upon principles — for managing American agriculture or the food system as a whole.
That must change. Read Full Article »
November 13th, 2014
St. Luke’s decided to do something about the reputation of its meals. Read Full Article »
November 12th, 2014
Let your plants do double duty in protecting your soil in the fall and getting your garden ready for spring.
by Julia Westbrook
What you do in the garden this fall can have a big impact on your growing season next spring. One of the best vegetables you can plant this fall is the forage radish, according to research from the University of Maryland.
With funding from Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE), the researchers found that in no-till, no fertilizer, and no herbicide farms, plots that grew forage radishes in the fall had a better yield of spinach in the spring versus plots that used an oat cover crop or had no cover crop. Read Full Article »
November 12th, 2014
The Letter From America
An open letter to the citizens, politicians, and regulators of the UK and the rest of the EU about the hazards of genetically modified crops
We are writing as concerned American citizens to share with you our experience of genetically modified (GM) crops and the resulting damage to our agricultural system and adulteration of our food supply.
In our country, GM crops account for about half of harvested cropland. Around 94% of the soy, 93% of corn (maize) and 96% of cotton grown is GM.1
The UK and the rest of the EU have yet to adopt GM crops in the way that we have, but you are currently under tremendous pressure from governments, biotech lobbyists, and large corporations to adopt what we now regard as a failing agricultural technology.
Polls consistently show that 72% of Americans do not want to eat GM foods and over 90% of Americans believe GM foods should be labeled.2 In spite of this massive public mandate, efforts to get our federal3 and state4 governments to better regulate, or simply label, GMOs are being undermined by large biotech and food corporations with unlimited budgets5 and undue influence. Read Full Article »