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 Soy is More Nutritious than GE or Conventional Soy

April 28th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: According to a recent Norwegian study, organic soy contains more protein and lower levels of saturated fat. The USDA continues to disallow any marketing language comparing organic products favorably with conventional. To really bring things into focus, the scientists also found that genetically engineered soy contains very high levels of glyphosate. The USDA has been quietly raising the allowable limit of glyphosate for years.


Extreme Levels of Roundup Detected in Food
Rodale’s Organic Life
by Leah Zerbe

Source: Isao Haba

You probably wouldn’t knowingly eat a substance known to induce death in human cells. But that’s what millions of people are doing every day, even when they’re enjoying foods with “natural” on the label.

Norwegian scientists just published a new study that will appear in the June issue of Food Technology showing high levels of glyphosate—the active weed-killing chemical in Roundup—are turning up in genetically engineered (GE) soy. That herbicide-laced soy winds up in thousands of nonorganic packaged foods and in animal feed for livestock like pigs, cows, chickens, and turkeys.

Why is this happening? Genetically engineered crops are manipulated in a way that could never occur in nature so plants like corn, soy, canola, cotton, and sugar beets can withstand high doses of glyphosate-containing herbicides that would normally kill them. The result? Roundup in food that people and farm animals eat. Read Full Article »

EU to Consider Banning Non-Agricultural Pesticide Use

April 28th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: France has banned pesticides for all uses other than in agriculture. The author of the French ban has now posed the same resolution for EU consideration. This is a major step, although 90% of pesticides are used in agriculture.


France tables EU-wide non-agricultural pesticide ban
Euractiv
by Cécile Barbière

Source: Jean Baptiste Roux

The senator behind France’s ban on pesticides for domestic use has submitted a draft European resolution calling on the EU to follow the French example and implement a full ban on the non-agricultural use of pesticides. EURACTIV France reports.

“We have managed to do it in France, there is no reason why we should not be able to extend the ban to the rest of Europe.” For Green senator Joël Labbé, ending the use of pesticides in gardens is just common sense. Read Full Article »

Syngenta Facing Thousands of Lawsuits for GE Corn

April 27th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Syngenta released its GE corn variety, Viptera, prior to approval in China, leaving U.S. farmers vulnerable to rejection of their exports by that trading partner. Many farmers have sued Syngenta – so many, the lawyers are not sure of the numbers. The first court case has begun this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade
ABC News
by Steve Karnowski, AP

The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports.

The lawsuits allege that Syngenta’s move wrecked an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn, and that the resulting price drops hurt all producers. Court filings show that Syngenta aggressively marketed the seeds even when it knew that Chinese approval was going to be a problem.

Plaintiffs’ experts estimate the economic damage to be about $5 billion, while Syngenta denies its actions caused any losses for farmers. Read Full Article »

Pay to Play?

April 27th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Dow Chemical’s CEO has given money to President Trump and continues to advise him. Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last month he intends to reverse a proposed ban on the Dow pesticide, chlorpyrifos, found to hinder brain development in children. Chlorpyrifos is not allowed in organic agriculture.


AP Exclusive: Pesticide Maker Tries To Kill Risk Study
ATT.net
by Michael Biesecker

Source: Matt A.J.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed.

Dow Chemical wrote a $1 million check to help underwrite Trump’s inaugural festivities, and its chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris, heads a White House manufacturing working group. Read Full Article »

Glyphosate May Be Linked to Shorter Pregnancies and Lower Birth Weight

April 26th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: As scientists continue to look at potential links between glyphosate and human health problems, more issues are coming to light. As always, glyphosate can be largely avoided by eating an organic diet.


Moms Exposed to Monsanto Weed Killer Means Bad Outcomes for Babies
HuffPost
by Carey Gillam

Researchers tested and tracked 69 expectant mothers.

Source: summerbl4ck

Concerns about the world’s most widely used herbicide are taking a new twist as researchers unveil data that indicates pervasive use of Monsanto Co.’s weed killer could be linked to pregnancy problems.

Researchers looking at exposure to the herbicide known as glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup-branded herbicides, said they tested and tracked 69 expectant mothers and found that the presence of glyphosate levels in their bodily fluids correlated with unfavorable birth outcomes. The research is still in preliminary stages and the sample size is small, but the team is scheduled to present their findings on Thursday at a conference put on by the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) in Washington, D.C. Read Full Article »

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