Cornucopia News Archive

Last Year You Can Deduct Charitable Giving?

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Hello Cornucopia friends and supporters,

Kastel Farm

There’s a lot of buzz in the nonprofit community about what kind of impact the newly passed tax legislation will have on charitable giving. For some middle income filers, who normally itemize, contributions to charity won’t be deductible in the future.

There are some financial advisors who are recommending, for those in a financial position to do so, contributing more than one year of donations to your favorite charities before midnight on Sunday.

As you prioritize your giving, we hope that you will include The Cornucopia Institute, and its mission of protecting the safety and integrity of our food supply, as worthy of your support. Read Full Article »

Demand Real Organic Food from Real Organic Farmers!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

[Download the proxy here.]

Sign the Proxy Asking Major Retailers to Offer Genuine Organic Choices 

We need the stores we shop at to quit trying to sell us fake organic food from inhumane livestock factories, masquerading as organic, or hydroponic vegetables fertilized with conventional soybeans and grown in ground up coconut waste … or even ground up recycled plastic!

Top retailers like Whole Foods Markets, Costco, Target, Safeway, Walmart, and Kroger must be convinced to provide choices in their grocery aisles for authentic, nutrient-dense organic food grown in rich, carefully stewarded soil.

If the nutrients are not in our soil, they are not in our food …. and they are not in our families! Factory farm meat, dairy and egg production, and fruits and vegetables grown without soil rich in humus result in inferior flavor and nutrition.

Increasingly, grocery aisles are filled with faux organics brought to consumers by corporations that are selling out the true meaning of organics.  Read Full Article »

New Report Exposes Deceptive Marketing in $9 Billion-Dollar Snack Bar Industry

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Decoding Granola/Protein/Energy Bar Labels:
Avoiding Hexane-Extracted Ingredients

Scorecard Separates Gimmicky Junk Food from
True Organic/Nutrient Dense Brands

A new report exposes misleading marketing practices by food industry giants that market candy-like snack and energy bars as wholesome and nutritious. Issued by The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit food and farm policy research group, the report further exposes leading natural/organic brands for including cheap, conventional ingredients instead of creating nutritive products that qualify for the USDA organic label.

The report, and an accompanying scorecard, Raising the Bar, Choosing Healthy Snack Bars versus Gimmicky Junk Food, details how snack bar quality varies widely among brands, even among the many brands that market themselves as “made with” organic ingredients (a label with lower federal standards than certified organic). The report exposes USDA National Organic Program regulations that provide industry-friendly loopholes for the use of conventional, hexane-extracted ingredients in the “made with” organic category.

“The highly profitable snack bar industry is rife with gimmicky substitutes, such as protein isolates, instead of whole food ingredients,” says the report’s lead author, Linley Dixon, PhD, chief scientist at Cornucopia. Read Full Article »

Authentic Organic: Always the Best Choice

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Backed by Sound Science

[This article was previously published in the winter issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.]

by Anne Ross, JD
Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute

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An ancient Roman philosopher once said, “The greatest wealth is health.”

Choosing organically produced foods has always been, and continues to be, the best choice in nurturing the health of individuals, our communities, and the planet.

At a time when consumers are especially concerned about the integrity and origin of organically labeled food, a familiar question resurfaces: “Is authentic, organically produced food really better for me?”

For starters, numerous studies continue to establish that organically produced food has an enhanced nutritional profile.

Late last year, one of the most comprehensive reviews of existing research on organic food and production practices was published.1 Read Full Article »

Fraudulent Imports, Urgent Action

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Will the USDA Heed the Call for More Stringent Regulations?

[This article was previously published in the fall issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.]

by Anne Ross, JD
Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute

Source: Adobe Stock

On July 18, Cornucopia submitted a formal request to the National Organic Program, petitioning the USDA to enact, on an expedited basis, critical regulatory changes to halt the entry of fraudulent organic grain into the U.S.

Cornucopia’s request calls for amending existing regulations to require new audit-trail protocols, mandating that importers trace grains back to overseas farms.

The petition also requests the USDA, in coordination with other governmental agencies, implement testing of all bulk imports of organic grain.

To ensure integrity throughout the supply chain, the USDA must immediately require certifiers to deploy inspectors to conduct unannounced pesticide residue testing on overseas farms located in known high risk countries.

While the petition awaits USDA review, the staggering losses to domestic organic grain producers continue to mount. Massive quantities of organic grain imports began to increasingly impact the market in 2015 and 2016. Read Full Article »