Cornucopia’s Take: The USDA insists that coexistence between GMO and organic crops is necessary, and they have provided guidance for organic farmers to lessen GMO contamination of their crops, effectively putting the onus on the victims of unwelcome DNA drift. There are crops (i.e. alfalfa) that have a pollination radius of five miles, making it essentially impossible to prevent the trespass of unwanted DNA. In Europe, it appears that even when GMO purveyors foot the
Cornucopia’s Take: Spectroscopy offers hope for truly organic dairy farmers. It provides a fast and inexpensive way to show, scientifically, whether milk comes from cows pastured on grass. Cornucopia has, in the past, filed numerous complaints against “organic” livestock operations who are in our judgement flouting the organic pasture rules. This is based on flyover images and other information we gather from industry sources. Even when we get the USDA to further investigate, they have prearranged
Cornucopia’s Take: While Ben & Jerry’s is planning to stop using ingredients made with crops that have been desiccated with glyphosate, it changes nothing about the conventional milk upon which their ice cream is based. Conventional milk comes from cows fed GMO feed crops sprayed with toxic chemicals. The cows live in CAFOs, where they may rarely leave the barn and never have access to pasture. The Organic Consumers Association has called on Ben &
We couldn’t say it better than the headline from the Denver Post when they ran the story (below) that first appeared in The Washington Post. Cornucopia has filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and will report to the organic community on our findings. Aurora Dairy in Dublin, TX An aerial image from Cornucopia’s flyover investigation USDA closes investigation into a massive organic farm in Colorado — but what did it check?
Please feel free to quote anything in this statement to balance a story you might be already working on. You are also welcome to run this in its entirety as an op-ed. Photo of Mr. Kastel available upon request. Organic Get Out Of Jail Free Card — USDA exonerates largest “organic” factory dairy To the organic community, The Cornucopia Institute received a determination letter yesterday, September 27, from the USDA dismissing our most recent formal legal