A Decline in Biodiversity

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

Signals Danger for Native Pollinators  [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Pollinators are essential to nature, food production, and the future of our planet as we know it. They provide the service of pollinating over… Read more »

Organic Grain Detectives Raise More Questions for the NOP

New Paper by John Bobbe and Anne Ross, J.D. LL.M.: Potential, Failures, and Pitfalls of the National Organic Program in Getting Control of Organic Grain Fraud The integrity of organic grain underpins much of organic production. It provides the grains we eat, and it feeds the organic poultry, cattle, sheep, and other livestock that provide… Read more »

The Cornucopia Institute Rates More than 100 Cottage Cheese Products in New Scorecard

Comprehensive Report Gives Consumers Valuable Tool to Decode Dairy Aisle The Cornucopia Institute, which produces science-based reports that empower consumers to make informed decisions about their food choices, recently completed an investigation into the cottage cheese industry, a re-emerging market that’s forecasted to grow nearly 10% by 2022. Its new Cottage Cheese Scorecard rates more… Read more »

Alleged Animal Abuse at Known “Factory Organic” Dairy Under Watch of Texas Department of Agriculture

Cornucopia files formal legal complaint, encourages consumers to rebuke the false marketing of factory organic brands [Read Cornucopia’s formal legal complaint to the USDA.] Natural Prairie Dairy operation Image from Cornucopia’s 2014 Flyover Investigation Natural Prairie Dairy, one of the first “organic” dairies to employ industrial stocking practices, recently made headlines again. The Animal Recovery… Read more »

The Crisis in Organic Dairy

Consumers Unite! [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute and Melody Morrell, Operations Director Source: AdobeStock Family-scale organic dairies are struggling to make ends meet. Many have already lost their farms and businesses, some of… Read more »

Cornucopia is Seeking an Executive Director

The Cornucopia Institute is is seeking candidates for its Executive Director position. Cornucopia acts as an organic industry watchdog protecting organics and alternative marketing mechanisms allowing farmers and consumers to connect. We seek to defend the integrity of the organic food label from governmental regulatory indifference as well as from agribusinesses profiteering from unethical and… Read more »

GMO-Friendly USDA Ogling Organic

Under Secretary’s Testimony Opens Discussion to “Enhance Organic Production” USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach recently made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee suggesting it is time to discuss the possible allowance of gene editing methods within organic production. USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach Source: USDA, Flickr Ibach’s words are in line with the Trump administration’s… Read more »

Add-On Label Identifies Real Organic Food

The USDA’s National Organic Program has failed consumers and true organic farmers by refusing to enforce pasture requirements for organic livestock and by allowing hydroponic produce to bear the organic label. As such, add-on labels are emerging to help consumers differentiate between industrial and authentic organic. Cornucopia supports the efforts of the Real Organic Project… Read more »

Alchemy by USDA and Certifiers

Conventional Cattle on Organic Dairy Farms [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 The organic dairy industry is in a state of crisis. A glut of organic milk in the market is putting economic strain on… Read more »

Why Don’t You See Organically Labeled Fish?

The Complicated Industry May Be Incompatible with Organic Principles [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 Consumers often note that they do not see fish with the USDA organic seal at their grocery store or fishmonger…. Read more »