What Unfolding Policy Means for Happy Calves On Authentic Organic Farms

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A new rule is coming. And it’s desperately needed to ensure that healthy calves from organic cows grow up eating grass alongside their relatives. That scenario is commonplace among Cornucopia’s five-cow-rated dairies. But in industrialized organic dairies, scofflaws have long flouted existing  “origin of livestock” rules, continuously transitioning conventional animals into production despite the fact that the organic… Read more »

The Top Issues Impacting Organic Policy in 2021

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As corporations have swiftly eroded the boundaries of organic regulations, authentic organic farmers have suffered the consequences of a stagnant regulatory arena for over a decade. The Trump administration’s hostility to new regulation did not help. Congressional orders failed to move the Origin of Livestock (OOL) and Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) rules forward in 2020,… Read more »

There Is No Normal Anymore

North Dakota seed breeders safeguard the future of food By Marianne Landzettel  Theresa Podoll breathed a cautious sigh of relief. The harvest on her North Dakota farm had gone well and, at the time of our conversation in early October, snow was absent from the forecast for the rest of the month.  “In 2018 and 2019, we had snow on the ground… Read more »

Melody Morrell Named Executive Director of The Cornucopia Institute

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Ushering in a New Leadership Era With a Fierce Protector of Organic Viroqua, WI –  Following many months of teamwork to navigate a founder transition, the board of The Cornucopia Institute voted unanimously to promote longtime staff member Melody Morrell as the organization’s next executive director. “Melody Morrell has served as the backbone of Cornucopia… Read more »

More of the Same? Vilsack to Return to USDA

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Here’s a quixotic scenario: a secretary of agriculture who is cozy with farmers, not corporations. Instead, we are preparing for the return of Tom Vilsack, who served as secretary of agriculture in the Obama administration between 2008 and 2016. Most recently, Vilsack worked in the private sector, as president and CEO of the US Dairy… Read more »

The Truth Matters: Cornucopia’s Quest to Expose Organic Grain Fraud

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This article was previously published in the winter issue of  the Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter. By Michele Marchetti, Co-Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Huddled inside a trade show booth, Anne Ross, JD watched dozens of icons, each representing an international shipping vessel, inch across a computer screen. Behind the scenes of the… Read more »

The Cultivator – Winter 2020

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The Winter 2020 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF. In it you’ll find: Why I farm, by Cornucopia Board President Cameron Molberg Exposing Organic Grain Fraud North Dakota Seed Breeders, Prairie Road Organic Seed Welcoming Back Charlotte Vallaeys We Need You Revisiting the Origin of Livestock Rule

Recap from the National Organic Standards Board Meeting

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Demystifying the policy that impacts organics farmers and consumers In the wake of massive destruction to the organic dairy marketplace, a languishing rule intended to prevent the continuous cycling of conventional livestock into organic operation will finally reappear as a second proposed rule for public comment. Reporting from the fall National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)… Read more »

Bearing Fruit

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How a noni farmer in Hawaii found abundance in a cup of worm castings By Michele Marchetti Eighteen years ago, Steve Frailey boarded a Hawaiian Airlines flight with a suitcase brimming with 12 pounds of Indian blue worms.  Those worms play a vital role in Frailey’s 70-acre certified organic farm in Kauai, Hawaii that provides rich soil, fertile ground… Read more »