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.

Organic Sound and Sensible – Growers’ Perspectives

November 20th, 2015

[Mitch Blumenthal, one of the farmers interviewed in the video below, serves on The Cornucopia Institute’s board of directors.]


Why Get Certified? Organic Growers Share Their Perspectives Read Full Article »

FDA Approves First Genetically Engineered Animal for Human Consumption Over the Objections of Millions

November 20th, 2015

Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety to File Lawsuit Challenging “Dangerous and Unlawful” Decision

Source: Daniel Voglesong

WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2015) – Center for Food Safety today announced plans to sue the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to block the agency’s approval for sale and consumption of the genetically engineered AquaAdvantage® salmon developed by AquaBounty. The suit will be filed in coordination with other colleague plaintiffs.

“The fallout from this decision will have enormous impact on the environment. Center for Food Safety has no choice but to file suit to stop the introduction of this dangerous contaminant,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “FDA has neglected its responsibility to protect the public.” Read Full Article »

Effects of Sublethal Doses of Imidacloprid on Young Adult Honeybee Behaviour

November 19th, 2015

[For the full article, including all graphics and figures, click here.]

Source: Martin LaBar

Plos One
by Carolina Mengoni Goñalons and Walter Marcelo Farina

Materials and Methods

Study site and animals
The study was carried out during the summer-autumn seasons of 2012 to 2014 in the experimental field of the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (S 34°32’, W 58°26’). Newly emerged European honeybees (Apis mellifera L) were obtained from sealed brood frames taken from the experimental apiary and placed in an incubator at 32°C and 55% RH. After emergence, workers were collected in groups of 60–120 individuals and confined in wooden boxes (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) with a metallic mesh on one side and a plastic door on another. Cages were kept in another incubator at 31°C. They offered 16% w/w sucrose solution and pollen ad libitum, and were checked every 1 or 2 days. Food was replaced every 2 or 3 days and dead bees were removed whenever needed. With the purpose of assessing differential effects of IMI traces according to the adult age of exposure, three groups were considered. Therefore, young workers were tested on laboratory bioassays when they were 2/3, 5/6 or 9/10 days old. Experimental bees were anaesthetized at -4°C to minimise suffering and harnessed in carved pipette tips, which restrained body movement, but allowed them to freely move their mouthparts and antennae. Afterwards, they were kept in the incubator until administration of IMI treatments. Read Full Article »

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Abnormal Sperm Development

November 19th, 2015

Beyond Pesticides

Source: Tim Lang

Exposure to organochlorine chemicals, such as DDE and PCBs, is linked to increased rates of sperm abnormalities that may lead to fertility problems, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. This is the latest study in a long line of research implicating endocrine (hormone)-disrupting chemicals in reproductive diseases.

Researchers investigated this issue by observing the blood serum and sperm quality of 90 men, aged 22-44, participating in health studies in the Faroe Islands, an archipelago under Denmark’s control that is located between Iceland, the UK and Norway. Faroe islanders consume a high seafood diet that often consists of pilot whale, integral historically as a food source for the Faroese people. However, this practice exposes the Faroese to higher than average levels of environmental contaminants. Read Full Article »

New Report Exposes Dangerous/Unhealthy Pet Food

November 18th, 2015

Decoding Pet Food Labels: Avoiding Harmful Ingredients for Dogs and Cats

A new report sheds light on serious problems in pet food industry regulations and how specific loopholes allow for the use of questionable ingredients that could negatively impact companion animal health. Issued by The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit food/farm policy research group, the report accuses some brands of using cheap ingredients, carcinogenic additives, and preservatives that are bad for long-term pet health, as well as attempting to intentionally deceive consumers with pet food labels.

The report, and an accompanying buying guide, Decoding Pet Food: Adulteration, Toxic Ingredients, and the Best Choices for Your Companion Animals, details how pet food quality varies significantly among brands and all too often includes unnecessary chemical additives.

“The pet food industry is no different than leading food marketers for humans when it comes to cheap substitutes and false health claims,” says the report’s lead author, Linley Dixon, PhD, a policy analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.

In most cases consumers get a higher quality product with certified organic brands, and in some cases with premium options marketed as “natural.” However, even these labels do not necessarily indicate that the highest quality and healthiest ingredients were used across an entire brand or whether the products contain unnecessary or potentially dangerous additives. Read Full Article »

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