The economic impact of fraudulent organic imports is profound. Cornucopia’s director of international policy Anne Ross is focused on ways to reform and strengthen domestic organic regulations, while increasing oversight of organic products originating overseas. An advocate for organic farmers and consumers, she is also actively engaged in promoting organic agriculture worldwide. Around the globe,… Read more »
Comment by December 2 [This action alert is over.] Under pressure from organic dairy farmers, farmer and consumer groups, and Congress, the National Organic Program (NOP) recently re-opened the comment period for the 2015 proposed rule on Origin of Livestock. Despite overwhelming support in 2015 for closing this loophole via the proposed Origin of Livestock… Read more »
Fueled by organic Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate, the board and staff of The Cornucopia Institute gathered in Minneapolis for three energizing days of staff and board meetings. Led by Jonathan Rosenthal, Cornucopia’s new interim executive director, the retreat marked a new chapter for the organization, as well as its unwavering commitment to elevating authentic organic and calling out “faux-ganic” brands.
At the October National Organic Standards Board Meeting, National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Chair Harriet Behar identified several troubling issues that have plagued the organic program in recent years. These issues included the languishing origin of livestock, pasture, and native ecosystems rules, and the certification of hydroponic production in 2017.
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.
The Cornucopia Institute is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jonathan Rosenthal as the new Interim Executive Director. With this hire, Cornucopia is moving confidently to evolve into a more sustainable, relevant, and powerful voice in the good food movement. Rosenthal will shepherd the organization through a just, transparent, and collaborative transition while honoring the… Read more »
Cornucopia’s director of domestic policy, Marie Burcham, JD, attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinars on October 15 and 17, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Our notes from this meeting are below. Tuesday, October 15 NOSB members present: Harriet Behar (January 2016 – January 2020) – NOSB Chair Steve Ela… Read more »
The fall 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF here. In it you’ll find: Bird by Bird Import Fraud Conventional Soy Damages the Environment Gatekeepers of Organic Integrity Good Tilth Toxins Found in Conventional Milk Co-creative Culture
The Prevailing Winds of Weatherbury Farm [This article was previously published in the summer issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Rachel Zegerius, Assistant Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Nestled in the tightly woven hills of the Washington Valley, 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, rest the rolling pastures of Weatherbury… Read more »
The Challenges and How Consumers Can DIY [This article was previously published in the summer issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] Farmers markets are in full swing. Whenever possible, we urge consumers to support certified organic farm vendors first. But not all small-scale farmers choose to certify. To help determine if these non-certified farms still… Read more »