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 Industry Watchdog Expands Membership Base and Staffing

February 23rd, 2015

The Cornucopia Institute Adds Jérôme Rigot, Ph.D. as Policy Analyst

Jérôme Rigot, Ph.D.

The Cornucopia Institute announced that it has added to its staff Dr. Jérôme Rigot, a Maine-based agricultural researcher and organic certification professional, with broad experience in organic farming, specialty crop production, composting and the culinary arts. Dr. Rigot holds a doctorate in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California at Davis. The focus of his dissertation was soil bioremediation. He did postdoctoral research at Ohio State University, where he worked on the optimization of the composting process and led a project looking at the microbial diversity in conventional versus organically managed soils. Dr. Rigot’s strong scientific background and his rich and varied experience adds to Cornucopia’s diverse knowledge base in farm and food policy and agricultural economics. Read Full Article »

Seed Libraries Fight for the Right to Share

February 20th, 2015
by Christopher D. Cook

Source: World Bank Photo Collection

It’s easy to take seeds for granted. Tiny dry pods hidden in packets and sacks, they make a brief appearance as gardeners and farmers collect them for future planting then later drop them into soil. They are not “what’s for dinner,” yet without them there would be no dinner. Seeds are the forgotten heroes of food—and of life itself.

Sharing these wellsprings of sustenance may sound innocuous enough, yet this increasingly popular exchange—and wider seed access—is up against a host of legal and economic obstacles. The players in this surreal saga, wherein the mere sharing of seeds is under attack, range from agriculture officials interpreting seed laws, to powerful corporations expanding their proprietary and market control. Read Full Article »

Benton County Oregon Community Bill of Rights Banning GMOs: Yes on 2-89

February 20th, 2015

Benton County Food Freedom

Willamette Valley farmers in Oregon have created a Community Bill of Rights preserving their rights to a local food system. The Local Food System Ordinance of Benton County (Measure 2-89) will be voted on in May 2015, and would protect conventional and organic farmers from further crop contamination from GMOs. Read Full Article »

Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in Alberta; First Canadian Case Since 2011

February 19th, 2015

Global News
by Melissa Ramsay

Source: Sarah R

CALGARY – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed on Friday that a case of mad cow disease has been found in a beef cow in Alberta.

Mad cow disease, or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), is a progressive, fatal neurological disease in cattle. Canada’s last confirmed BSE case was reported in 2011.

The CFIA says this latest case was detected through the national BSE surveillance program, and that no part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. Read Full Article »

Jim Gerritsen on Food Sleuth Radio

February 19th, 2015

foodsleuthradioMelinda Hemmelgarn, of Food Sleuth Radio  interviews, Jim Gerritsen, an organic farmer, owner and operator of Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, Maine, and President of the Maine-based Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA).  Gerritsen discusses OSGATA’s lawsuit against Monsanto in 2011 and why it’s critical to challenge seed patents.  He also shares his perspective on transgenic contamination from GMO crops and why GMO food labeling is important. Read Full Article »

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