Organic Farming is Rooted in Soil

Gerritsen

The Wisdom of Wood Prairie Family Farm  [This article was previously published in the spring issue of the Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.]   by Rachel Zegerius, Co-Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute  Hardcover books, almanacs, seed catalogs, and three-ring binders spilling loose leaf papers reach skyward behind Cornucopia advisor Jim Gerritsen as he Zooms in from a dimly… Read more »

Fair Food

Food Justice

Organic farming sustains ecological systems—of which humans play an inextricable role. But the USDA organic standards fail to address how farmers are paid or how anyone who plays a role in getting your organic food to the table is treated. In 1999, the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) was founded to fill this gap. Its Food… Read more »

Aurora Dairy Plans to Open Factory Housing 7,000 “Organic” Heifers

Aurora Dublin

As consumers call for improved animal welfare, stewardship of the soil, and conservation of dwindling water supplies, Aurora Organic Dairy is preparing to open a heifer factory on 1,900 acres in the dry High Plains of Colorado. The feedlot will house 7,000 “organic” heifers (a young cow that hasn’t born offspring yet) when fully operational. If Phillips… Read more »

Acing Back-to-School Grocery Runs

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Cornucopia’s scorecards help you make the best choices for your school kids If you’re one of millions of Americans for whom back to school means getting your kid back to Zoom, the cafeteria has moved to your dining room. Even if your kids or grandkids are headed for the bus stop, your shopping list will… Read more »

Into the Woods

Silvopastured birds

The Animal Welfare, Farming, and Consumer Benefits of Silvopasture [This article was previously published in the spring issue of the Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute With the huge push for pastured poultry in today’s marketplace, grassy expanses marked by mobile chicken housing are an… Read more »

The Co-op Safety Net

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Values-based solutions in a time of need   [This article was previously published in the spring issue of the Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] “Concern for community” is one of the seven guiding principles of cooperatives. It’s also at the core of the responses and solutions offered by co-ops throughout the country as they keep their owners and… Read more »

What’s the Beef with Labels?

Cow on pasture

Buying the Best Burger Requires Scrutiny [This article was previously published in the spring issue of the Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute If a trip to the store to buy beef leaves you bewildered, you are not alone. Understanding the nuanced differences among the various… Read more »

Reimagining Cornucopia

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A message from the interim executive director The Cornucopia Institute has a 15-year history of boldly standing up for the integrity of ecologically based organic farmers and food. We have fought many battles to improve or elevate the good food movement and authentic organic farmers. Last year we arrived at a crossroads and parted with… Read more »

USDA Offers Sneak Peek of Proposed Rule to Address Organic Fraud

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After a long, painful wait, The Cornucopia Institute’s full-court press to compel USDA to address the influx of fraudulent organic imports is finally yielding action. The department held a virtual Town Hall on July 8, unveiling a draft of the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) rule. Meant to address organic fraud, the proposed rule, which has… Read more »

Autopsy or Message of Hope?

Delta barns

Withdrawn animal welfare rule still under USDA analysis     An unusual action by the USDA has left us scratching our heads. In April of this year, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) requested public comments on the economic analysis of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) Rule—despite the fact that the USDA withdrew the… Read more »