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Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Seattle, WA #NOSB

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via live tweet and web updates from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Seattle, WA April 24-26. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following our stream. For background on issues up for discussion at the meeting, see: Cornucopia’s formal written comments on oversight improvements to deter fraud, Control Union Certifications, and petitioned

Farm Bill to Address Import Fraud and Fund Tracking System for Organic Shipments

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: The Washington Post article questioning the authenticity of shiploads of “organic” corn and soy from overseas and Cornucopia’s white paper chronicling how a small number of multibillion dollar agribusinesses came to dominate the U.S. organic grain industry helped draw Congress’ attention to fraudulent organic imports flowing into domestic markets. The Farm Bill, signed by President Trump yesterday, provides funding for tracking shipments to ensure their organic authenticity. While the bill does not lay

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in St. Paul, MN #NOSB

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via live tweet and web updates from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in St. Paul, MN October 24-26. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following our stream. For background on issues up for discussion at the meeting, see: Cornucopia’s formal written comments on certifier oversight and conflicts of interest and petitioned materials A scorecard

Nebraska Farmers Caught, as Part of a Wider Conspiracy, Selling GMO Grain as Organic

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: These farmers and their accomplices who marketed and sold the GMO grain as organic, over eight years, were thankfully caught and are on the hook for almost $11 million. While that is a substantial sum, fraud in U.S.-grown crops is a much smaller business than import fraud. Domestic organic fraud of this kind is relatively uncommon because organic farms are inspected and audited by their organic certifying agent. Organic producers must supply their

USDA-Backed “Factory Farm” Takeover of Organic Milk Production Crushing Family-Scale Farmers and Forcing Them Out of Business

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Newly Released Report, and Associated Organic Dairy Brand Scorecard, Enables Defrauded Consumers and Wholesale Buyers to “Vote with Their Pocketbooks” When commercialized in the 1980s, the organic dairy movement was viewed by many farmers as opting out of a rapacious agricultural marketing system that had already driven the majority of dairy farm families off the land over the preceding two decades. Now, a quarter century later, history is repeating itself with giant “factory farms” flooding