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.

Raw Milk 411

November 22nd, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The podcast below gives a brief history of raw milk, including what it is, why the Weston A. Price Foundation and others believe it should be legal, and how you may be able to buy it in your state.

Raw Milk on the Move with Pete Kennedy
The Weston A. Price Foundation
by Hilda Labrada Gore

Source: cheeseslave

How easily we forget! Raw milk has been part of the human diet for thousands of years, yet only after a century of introducing pasteurization many people think that the only way to consume milk is to pasteurize it first. Our raw milk heritage is getting lost. But thanks to farmers and activists who believe in the value of raw milk and who are brave enough to fight against the establishment, raw milk is coming back. From being legal in only 27 states in the 1990s, raw milk is now legal in all but 7 states and more people are drinking it every day.

Join Pete Kennedy in today’s episode as we discuss the history of the raw milk movement, what’s left to be done and what we should do to be a part of it all!

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The Elusive Heritage Breed Turkey

November 22nd, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The Broad Breasted White turkey, bred to have such a large breast that it is physically unable to reproduce naturally, is ubiquitous in the marketplace. Seeking a more humane and tasty bird, many consumers now seek heritage breed turkeys. Consumers should look closer still to make sure they are getting what they think they are paying for.

When It’s Worth Paying $10/Pound for Turkey
Bloomberg Pursuits
by Deena Shanker

Spending big on ‘heritage’ is no guarantee you’ll get a pure-blooded bird.

Source: Marji Beach

[This] week, as American families carve into an estimated 45 million turkeys, a very, very small fraction with very, very expensive tastes will share a rare and much-praised heritage turkey. Unlike the commercial breed—the Broad Breasted White selectively bred for an extremely ample bosom—heritage birds are smaller, grow slower, and boast more robust flavor. Their lineage traces back to the 1800s, and unlike their industrially farmed cousins, they can (and do) reproduce naturally*.

Even as choices in the turkey aisle seem to expand every year, from the lowly Butterball to antibiotic-free, to free-range, to organic—all of which are those ubiquitous Broad Breasted Whites—gourmands are seeking out and spending $10 per pound (or more) for  pedigreed turkeys. To justify the hefty expenditures, they cite the better animal welfare enjoyed by breeds not hobbled by giant breasts, the need for biodiversity, and (not least) flavor.

Experts pose a warning: Beware of impostors. Read Full Article »

Common Herbicides Appear to Cause Antibiotic Resistance

November 21st, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: A recent study found that glyphosate, dicamba, and 2,4-D cause antibiotic resistance. Researchers found that “bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.”  The bacteria in the tests that displayed resistance to antibiotics were Salmonella and E. coli – both of huge concern in food safety.  The herbicides causing this resistance are prohibited in organic agriculture.

New Research Finds Common Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance
Robyn O’Brien
by Robyn O’Brien

Source: NIAID

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates.

University of Canterbury (UC) Molecular Biology and Genetics Professor Jack Heinemann, of the School of Biological Sciences, in UC’s College of Science, says the key finding of the research was that “bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.”

The herbicides studied are three of the most widely used in the world, including New Zealand, Professor Heinemann says. Read Full Article »

Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, and Global Food Security

November 21st, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: A new UN report warns that climate change has already curtailed global food production and millions are at risk of poverty and hunger in the coming years. The report suggests that funding for climate mitigation is best spent on changing agricultural practices. Organic agriculture is one important arm of this approach.

UN: Global agriculture needs a ‘profound transformation’ to fight climate change and protect food security
The Washington Post
by Chelsea Harvey

Source: Olearys

Climate change has already begun to affect the world’s food production, a new report from the United Nations warns — and unless significant action is taken, it could put millions more people at risk of hunger and poverty in the next few decades.

It’s a message that’s been emphasized over and over by climate scientists and has informed many of the UN’s sustainable development goals and positions on global food security. But this is the first time it’s been the primary focus of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s annual State of Food and Agriculture report, its flagship publication, which centers on a different topic each year. Recent subjects have included social protection and anti-poverty measuresinnovation in family farming and designing food systems for better nutrition.

The new 194-page report, just released Monday, is a testament to growing alarm among scientists and policymakers over the dire threat climate change poses to future food security. It describes a vicious cycle in which unsustainable farming practices contribute hefty greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere and drive more warming, which can then continue to hurt global crop production. Read Full Article »

Organic Turkey?

November 20th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: While many brands have begun to offer organic and no-antibiotic turkeys for the holiday, Cornucopia recommends consumers find local, organic turkey producers to buy from. The artificially low prices on organic turkey could be a red flag, given the time, care, and feed it takes to raise organic gobblers. And what better way to say thanks than to support your local farms?

Organic turkeys are gobbling up share of Thanksgiving market
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
by Paul Gores

Source: Ben Watkin

The annual turkey tussle has commenced.

Grocery stores, hoping to lure consumers inside to buy the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving Day feast — and all the sides and trimmings, of course — are offering everything from turkeys that led drug-free lives to 10-pound frozen gobblers that could cost less than $5.

“It’s a pretty big week. They usually have some gimmick regarding turkeys,” said David J. Livingston, a grocery consultant based in Waukesha.

One theme this year seems to be more organically raised turkeys. Read Full Article »

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