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.

Agriculture Devastated in Haiti

October 26th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Agriculture in Haiti has been in recovery from destructive hurricanes, an earthquake, and prolonged drought. When Hurricane Matthew recently took fruit trees, fishing nets, and homes, it became clear once more that any humanitarian response will need to help repair Haiti’s agriculture.

Hurricane Matthew leaves the farmers and fishermen of Haiti struggling to survive
Miami Herald
by Jacqueline Charles

Source: OCHA Haiti

MORNE LA SOURCE, Haiti — Marie-Lucienne Duvert looked out from under the eaves of her mud and wood-frame house, as her husband tried to repair the damaged roof above her head, and tried to come to grips with the expanse of devastation staring back.

“There isn’t even a tree left to catch a breeze,” said Duvert, 63, surveying the once-majestic coconut palm trees that now stood like inverted wet mops and the toppled plantains, avocados and dried-breadfruits littering the ground. “This was our livelihood. Now it’s all gone, destroyed.” Read Full Article »

Varroa Mites: To Treat or Not to Treat

October 26th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Many beekeepers treat their hives with miticides every year to kill Varroa mites, parasites that feed on developing bees. Some beekeepers suspect that if beekeepers did not treat them, bees would evolve to live with Varroa mites, producing a hardier bee. The interviews in this video begin about 30 seconds in, and offer first-hand accounts from beekeepers who keep feral bees, evolved to live with Varroa mites, and do not treat.

Treatment free beekeeping in Gwynedd, Wales
by Felix Remter


Watch the video. Read Full Article »

First Farmers Came From Syria and Turkey

October 25th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: It has long been thought that the first farmers came from one place and spread out across the world. Recent DNA evidence shows the first farmers sprang up separately and in the same timeframe across the Fertile Crescent. Farming continues to evolve today.

How the First Farmers Changed History
The New York Times
by Carl Zimmer

Source: Joel Bombardier

Beneath a rocky slope in central Jordan lie the remains of a 10,000-year-old village called Ain Ghazal, whose inhabitants lived in stone houses with timber roof beams, the walls and floors gleaming with white plaster.

Hundreds of people living there worshiped in circular shrines and made haunting, wide-eyed sculptures that stood three feet high. They buried their cherished dead under the floors of their houses, decapitating the bodies in order to decorate the skulls.

But as fascinating as this culture was, something else about Ain Ghazal intrigues archaeologists more: It was one of the first farming villages to have emerged after the dawn of agriculture. Read Full Article »

Hain Celestial Under Investigation by SEC

October 25th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: One of the biggest owners of organic branded products is in hot water over its accounting practices. The company has used acquisitions of smaller companies to greatly expand its organic footprint over the years. How these accounting issues will play out on grocery store shelves is unclear.

SEC investigating organic food giant
Sustainable Food News

Hain Celestial investors in for rough ride, says Probes Reporter

haincelestiallogoThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating organic and natural food manufacturer, Hain Celestial Group, Inc., according to a report published by Probes Reporter LLC.

The Lake Success, N.Y.-based company (NASDAQ: HAIN), which owns the Earth’s Best organic baby food and BluePrint cold-pressed juice brands, delayed the release of its fourth quarter and FY2016 results on August 15, and launched an independent audit of accounting irregularities.

More than 41 million shares traded that day, with the stock price closing at $39.35, down 26.3 percent. Hain’s tumbling share price shaved about $2 billion from its market cap and is now at $3.8 billion. Read Full Article »

Are You An Organic Farming Champion? Position Open: Researcher/Investigator

October 24th, 2016

ci_hiringresearcherinvestigator_1The Cornucopia Institute is seeking a full-time employee to join our team.  If you have demonstrated investigative and research skills and are able to identify and follow leads while ferreting out the truth from conflicting narratives in the organic food and farming sector, then we want to hear from you!

We are seeking a new policy team member who possesses superior communication and writing skills.  A degree and background in the social sciences or journalism is preferred, along with a history of investigative/research activities for media, academia or civil society organizations.  Professional experience in farming, agribusiness or the food industry would be an asset.

A heartfelt passion for protecting the environment, the good food movement, human health, humane livestock husbandry, and social/economic justice for family farmers is essential.  Read Full Article »

The Cornucopia Institute
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