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.

Join Cornucopia Live Wednesday at 11:45 AM CT to Find Out How to Thank YOUR Farmer This Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2018

Do you know where your food comes from? Are you dedicated to buying local and organic from authentic family farms? Are you thankful for the farmers that get up early and stay up late in the heat of the summer and cold of the winter to produce nutritious food grown with love and respect for earth’s natural systems?

We know you are – so let us help you thank them!

Each year at this time, Cornucopia pledges that for every donation made on behalf of a farmer we will send them a hand-written acknowledgement card to show our gratitude.

Tune in live on Facebook tomorrow – Wednesday, November 21 at 11:45 AM Central to join Cornucopia Executive Director and Senior Farm Policy Analyst Mark Kastel as he shares his appreciation for the hard-working, dedicated family farmers who make it possible for all of us to eat well and find nourishment throughout the year and to hear how Cornucopia can help you recognize your own local, organic farmer this Thanksgiving season.

To participate, simply visit Cornucopia’s Facebook page while we are live. You can type comments or questions for Mark below the streaming video, or give a shout out to your favorite farmer. Not on Facebook? The recorded video will be available for everyone to view on Cornucopia’s website Wednesday evening.

We Owe These Farmers …

November 20th, 2018

Dear Cornucopia members and supporters,

Pat Slattery of Middle Ridge, Wisconsin is the self-professed Brussel Sprout King of the Midwest. Pat has long been dedicated to high-quality wholesale and retail organics, as the photo indicates, and supportive of the community of farmers. We have been friends for over two decades—thank you to the Slattery family for your important work!

Thanksgiving is a time to especially acknowledge our connection to the earth and the cornucopia of wonderful food it provides. It’s also a time to remember the efforts of the farmers, ranchers, and fisher families who make Thanksgiving feasts across the country possible.

I hope you’ll join me in remembering their crucial, life-sustaining work during this festive season. In 2018 many conventional and organic farmers are economically hurting.

If you don’t have a farmer in the family, or in the neighborhood, you can thank a farmer directly at the farmers market, or through your CSA, or at your local co-op.Supporting our country’s best farmers with your patronage is the ultimate pat on the back!

If you feel like doing more in this season of giving, you can dedicate a Cornucopia donation to a farmer. When you make a donation online, you can select “gift in honor of” and then fill in the name of your favorite farmer, and we will send them a hand-written acknowledgement card.

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Anti-Organic Propaganda Exposed

November 20th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: We often see stories in the news claiming that organic is no better than conventional agriculture. One of these propaganda pieces recently ran in AgDaily. The author, Michelle Miller, styles herself as a homey Iowan farmer, but a look at her work suggests otherwise. For example, she extolls the safety of the U.S. meat supply, even as concerns mount regarding chemicals used in meat processing and factory farms pump out sick animal after sick animal. Swamped by information, readers need to keep an eye out for the voice of Industry behind articles. The Organic Center published a factual rebuttal that we think is worth sharing.

What are you really getting from organic apples? Safe working conditions for farmers and farmworkers!
The Organic Center

Source: Apple and Pear Australia

The AgDaily OpEd entitled “What are you really getting from organic apples“, written by Michelle Miller, is extremely misleading and mischaracterizes pesticide use on organic and conventional farms. She conflates brand name products with generic chemicals, and shows a basic lack of understanding of organic farming practices.

Organic farmers are regulated by the USDA and must follow strict standards set forth by the National Organic Program regulations. To control pests and weeds on their farm they have to first use preventative management techniques, such as crop rotations, intercropping, the use of buffers and hedgerows, and the promotion of soil health. Because organic farms support beneficial insects such as ladybugs and spiders they can use the balanced farm ecosystems to prevent crop damage, rather than only relying on synthetic chemicals as their go-to line of first defense, or even pre-emptive sprays that are used on many conventional farms. Read Full Article »

Eliot Coleman: Organic is a System of Agriculture That Acknowledges the Pre-Eminence of Soil Life

November 19th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: Pioneering organic farmer Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm in Maine has shared his knowledge of the soil and growing food with growers from around the world. He has also been a vocal critic of the USDA National Organic Program. Read his latest commentary on the NOP and organic below.

by Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman at
Rally in the Valley
Source: Real Organic Project

Organic farming began as a statement of faith in the nutritional superiority of food grown on biologically active, fertile soils. The early organic farmers knew that quality food can only result from the quality soil care practiced by the good farmer. Unfortunately, that idealistic stance is no longer the reality for much of the food sold as organic in the US today.

I am one of a group of old-time organic farmers who have been battling against the US Department of Agriculture for allowing hydroponic produce to be sold as certified “organic”. The enabling legislation of the US Organic Standards passed by Congress states clearly that maintaining and improving the fertility of the soil is a requirement for organic certification. Traditional organic farmers understood that crops grown in water or some inert medium utilizing liquid fertilizers could not be the same as soil grown crops. Hydroponic food can no more duplicate the nutritional quality of soil-grown food than Nestle’s artificial baby formula can duplicate that of human breast milk. Read Full Article »

If Glyphosate Was Listed as an Ingredient on Nutrition Labels, It Would Come Before Vitamins D and B12 in Honey Nut Cheerios

November 16th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: As conventional and GMO farmers use more glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) in crop production, more glyphosate naturally makes its way into the food system. The best way to avoid glyphosate in the grocery store is to purchase only certified organic food. Supporting organic farmers also ensures they are able to keep farming. You can find your local, organic food producers at farmers markets, member-owned food cooperatives (if there are any in your area), and on the websites and The Weston A. Price Foundation local chapters are a good resource as well.

Some Breakfast Foods Contain More Glyphosate Than Vitamin D or B12
by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Source: Chris Metcalf

Concerns over the health effects of glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup and other weed killer formulations — continue to rise as evidence of harm and widespread exposure keeps accumulating.

In recent years, researchers have discovered it may affect your body’s ability to produce fully functioning proteins, inhibit the shikimate pathway (found in gut bacteria) and interfere with the function of cytochrome P450 enzymes (required for activation of vitamin D and the creation of nitric oxide and cholesterol sulfate). Read Full Article »

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