Current Action Alerts

Sign the Proxy – Keep Organics Rooted in Nutritious Soil

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Tell the USDA Growing in Factory Farm Fish Waste/Conventional Soybean Slurry, under Artificial Lighting, is not Organic!

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A few years ago, the organic community was shocked to find out that the USDA’s National Organic Program was quietly allowing the certification of hydroponic operations despite the law! Organic regulations clearly state that nurturing the fertility of the soil is an integral part of organic management.

Hydroponic Pepper Operation
(c) Dario Sabljak/Adobe Stock

Unlabeled, it is impossible for organic consumers to tell what fruits and vegetables are grown in nutrient-rich soil (impacting flavor and our health) or grown in a liquid fertilizer solution, in industrial conditions, and  imported from countries like Canada, Mexico and Holland — where it cannot legally be labeled as “organic”!

Much of the hydroponic or “container” grown fruits and vegetables are produced inside sealed warehouse-sized buildings under artificial lighting — with liquid fertilizer that could come from a myriad of different waste products or even highly processed GMO soybeans. Currently more than 100 facilities are supplying U.S. consumers with “organic” hydroponic fruits and vegetables, including the giant berry producer Driscoll’s. Read Full Article »

Take Action: Sign the Petition — It’s Time to Remove Carrageenan (Intestinal Inflammatory Agent/Carcinogen) from Organics!

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will be voting in just a few weeks on whether or not to continue to allow carrageenan in organic food at their semi-annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, November 16-18.

You can make a positive impact today by signing the petition to remove carrageenan from organic food!

The Cornucopia Institute will hand deliver your petition to the NOSB at the meeting to support the vote to remove carrageenan from certified organic foods. Organics should be the go-to refuge when seeking truly safe food for your family. After the NOSB meeting, we will also deliver the petition to the FDA to call for removing carrageenan from all food. Read Full Article »

Danone’s Acquisition of WhiteWave Foods Could Harm Ethical Dairy Farmers and Consumers

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Don’t Let Giant Corporations and Factory Farms Corrupt Organics!

CI_DanoneWWMergerFrench dairy giant Groupe Danone (Dannon in the U.S.) has announced the proposed acquisition of WhiteWave Foods for approximately $10 billion. The deal would combine the Danone-owned and world’s largest organic yogurt brand Stonyfield with Wallaby, a rapidly growing yogurt label. The deal would also give Danone control over the Horizon organic brands, which is the nation’s largest brand of organic milk.

The U.S. government should protect market competition by enforcing laws, including the Sherman Act and Clayton Act, which decry anti-competitive practices including price fixing, monopolization, and controlling trusts. Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are charged with reviewing acquisitions over a certain size for anti-competitive concerns.

All organic stakeholders should be concerned by the Danone-WhiteWave acquisition. The market for organic dairy already has less competition than other agricultural sectors and is more susceptible to monopolization and price fixing. Read Full Article »

SIGN THE PROXY LETTER: Remove Current USDA Organic Management

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

[Read the cover letter accompanying Cornucopia’s first package of 5,000 proxies to USDA Secretary Vilsack requesting Miles McEvoy’s removal.]

Illegal Power Grab Greasing the Skids for “Organic” Factory Farming and
Potentially Contaminated/Fraudulent Imports

Make no mistake about it: This is an indictment, alleging corruption at the USDA that is ruining the credibility of the organic label. If you agree after reading this message and supporting materials, we ask that you print out, sign, and mail us the linked proxy (you can also fax it to 866-861-2214). Please add your voice to the other farmers, and their urban allies, supporting organic integrity!

Who owns the organic label? We do!
Your voice is needed more than ever to save organics.

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The Cornucopia Institute is asking you to help bring new management into place at the USDA’s National Organic Program that will be truly dedicated to carrying out the intent and spirit of the landmark Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). We need you to turn up the heat on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Miles McEvoy, National Organic
Program Deputy Administrator
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Early in his tenure, the USDA’s new head of the National Organic Program (NOP), Miles McEvoy, announced that the NOP was entering the “age of enforcement.” Yet major fraud investigations have languished, and some large perpetrators have even received favorable treatment and anonymity during Mr. McEvoy’s tenure. Click here to see more.

In September 2013, Mr. McEvoy unilaterally announced sweeping changes in the operation of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This 15-member, multi-stakeholder body was established by Congress as a buffer between agribusiness lobbyists and organic stakeholders to ensure that Big Ag did not corrupt the organic label.

Mr. McEvoy has stripped much of the power from the NOSB. Along with the illegal stacking of the board with agribusiness executives instead of working farmers, this body has become a rubber stamp for corporate/industrial organics. Read Full Article »

Frack No!

Friday, September 4th, 2015

[The Sierra Club and The Cornucopia Institute have formally requested the USDA prohibit the use of wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations in organic food production. Read the letter here.]

Sign the Petition to Ban the Use of Frack and
Sewage Wastewater for Growing Organic Food

CI_FrackThisWastewaterPetitionThe USDA needs to tighten federal standards to prohibit the use for crop irrigation of fracking wastewater from oil and gas drilling, and from the nation’s municipal sewage treatment systems, in organic food production.

Research shows that the copious amounts of frack wastewater, a byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing technique in gas and oil production, are contaminated with toxic chemicals and oil.  And recent reporting has indicated its use in growing organic food in California.

Effluent from sewage plants, which co-mingles waste from domestic and industrial sources, can contain pathogens and drug residues in addition to heavy metals and toxic chemicals and should similarly be prohibited for use in the growing of organic food.

Please add your name to the petition to let the USDA know that fracking and sewage wastewaters should not be used to grow organic crops. Read Full Article »

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