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Regenerative Agriculture Improves Soil

Building Organic Matter, Storing Carbon, Combating Drought [This article was previously published in the spring issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Farm and Food Policy Analyst & Jennifer Hayden, Ph.D, Communications and Development Director at The Cornucopia Institute Source: USDA Many of the soils in the U.S. are depleted— unproductive, eroded, lacking microbial… Read more »

Regenerative Agriculture and the Dawn of Planetary Engineering

Huffington Post J.S. McDougall Source: Nicolas Raymond Regenerative agriculture is the dawn of planetary engineering. And that’s great news for the future of the planet. Here’s how I know. We have five hay fields on our farm. They are the kind of rolling, green, and gorgeous fields that are typical across Vermont’s pastoral green mountains…. Read more »

How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet

EcoWatch by John W. Roulac John W. Roulac [Editor’s note: This article is part two of a two-part series. Read part one.] We now know that 20-30 percent of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere comes from industrial agriculture. Petrochemicals are for cars, not for the soil. By dumping ag chemicals onto our soils, we disrupt nature’s delicate… Read more »

Taking Back ‘Regenerative’

What Consumers Need To Know Regenerative is the new sustainable. It’s a word that’s simultaneously powerful and completely meaningless—a signifier of innovation employed by truly organic farmers and a ploy to deceive consumers concerned about agriculture’s ecological footprint. The Cornucopia Institute is particularly concerned with messaging on regenerative practices in agriculture and is committed to… Read more »

Regenerative Organic Certification is Coming Soon

Source: USDA, Flickr Despite recent news that studies show organic food is worse for the environment due to land-use concerns, real organic farming is based on regenerative principles. Researchers at the Rodale Institute have shown that if all farms and ranches used regenerative organic techniques (practices premised on supporting soil health), global carbon emissions could… Read more »

Biopesticides Show Promise for Modern Agriculture

Cornucopia’s Take: Medical cannabis use has brought more attention to the issue of pesticide residues. People with compromised health want to ensure they are not subjected to toxic residues on the plant, and some companies have stepped in to offer effective pesticides in the form of living microorganisms and natural chemicals. These biopesticides are often… Read more »

‘Regenerative Organic’ Label Coming Soon

Cornucopia’s Take: In response to the co-option of the word “sustainable” and the increasing threats to the integrity of the organic label, Rodale and a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists, and brands are creating an “add-on” certification. The ‘Regenerative Organic Certified’ label will go beyond the current organic standards to ensure that consumers have… Read more »

The Case for Soil in Organic Agriculture

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic soil-based farmer Dave Chapman of Long Wind Farm offers this update on keeping the soil in organic. Public comments to the USDA are due by 11:59PM (ET) this Thursday, March 30. The Battle for Soil in Organic Agriculture Long Wind Farm by Dave Chapman Dave Chapman testifies at the spring 2016 NOSB… Read more »

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA #NOSB

Follow the NOSB Meeting, Fall 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 Pittsburgh, PA October 23-25th. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following our stream.

A Decline in Biodiversity

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

Signals Danger for Native Pollinators  [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Pollinators are essential to nature, food production, and the future of our planet as we know it. They provide the service of pollinating over… Read more »