New Lawsuit Aims to Remove Soilless Crop Production Systems from Organic

A coalition of organic farmers, certifiers, and NGOs recently sued the USDA for denying a 2019 petition to prohibit hydroponic operations from organic certification. Plaintiffs include the Center for Food Safety (CFS), OneCert, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and some of the longest-standing organic farms in the US: Swanton Berry Farm, Full Belly… Read more »

Land Stewardship Project: Build Soil to Capture Carbon and Encourage Climate Health

A recently released white paper written by George Boody of the Land Stewardship Project, Farming to Capture Carbon and Address Climate Change through Building Soil, unearths the ways agriculture can help address climate issues. Studying farmer experiences and reviewing literature, Boody concluded that well-managed grazing systems for ruminant livestock and continuous living cover (plant cover… Read more »

A Chicken in Every Pot

How Industrial Poultry Made the Cornish Cross a Consumer Staple  [This article was previously published in the winter issue of  the Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Rachel Zegerius, Co-Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Ferreting through my family’s old photos, cards, and keepsakes this holiday, I exhumed the journal of my great grandmother,… Read more »

Visit Us at MOSES, February 27 – 29

Cornucopia staff is packing our bags, mapping our routes, and combing through the conference schedule in anticipation of this year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference. The country’s largest gathering of organic and sustainable farmers draws more than 3,000 people to La Crosse, Wisconsin for educational workshops, inspiring speakers, a two-floor Exhibit Hall and organically grown food…. Read more »

Cornucopia’s Anne Ross, JD Interviewed About Organic Fraud

Cornucopia’s director of international policy Anne Ross continues to gain recognition for her investigation into fraudulent organic imports on behalf of organic farmers and consumers. Before and during her presentation at the 40th anniversary EcoFarm Conference, Ross participated in two podcasts that amplified her cogent, accessible voice to listeners who care deeply about how their… 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 »

For the Birds: Cornucopia Details the Industrial Takeover of Organic Poultry and What It Means for Consumers

Industrial Chicken Production

New report uncovers empty assurances of big organic poultry brands and implores consumers to buy from authentic organic farmers A newly published report by The Cornucopia Institute uncovers troubling poultry farming and production practices represented as organic under the USDA seal. For the Birds: How to Recognize Authentic Organic Chicken and Turkey shows how the… Read more »

The Cultivator – Winter 2019

Cultivator - Winter 2019

The winter 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF here. In it you’ll find: What’s the Beef with Labels? Helping a New Cornucopia Take Root A Chicken in Every Pot Between the Clouds and Seas Fumigated Food For the Palate and the Planet

Cornucopia Investigates Global Organic Integrity

Anne Ross in South Africa

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 »

Action Alert: Origin of Livestock Rulemaking Re-Opened for Comment

Calf

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 »