Cornucopia News Archive

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday November 27

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Giving Tuesday, the annual international day of charitable giving held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is less than a week away! Once again, Cornucopia will be joining thousands of organizations to amplify our collective efforts and celebrate our accomplishments while strengthening our resolve to continue the good fight with your support.

While many are focused on finding deals this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we encourage you to let your values guide your spending by shopping local on Small Business Saturday and considering a gift to Cornucopia on #GivingTuesday. With two-thirds of our revenue coming directly from individuals like YOU who are passionate about good food, every gift you give keeps us independent and strong in the fight to protect our food system and support of authentic organic farms. And it gets better—a generous Cornucopia member has offered to DOUBLE all donations made to Cornucopia this giving season.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to double your impact with a gift to Cornucopia on #GivingTuesday. Encourage your friends and family to stand with us also on this day, to celebrate the spirit of generosity and the resolve of grassroots activism.

Join Cornucopia Live Wednesday at 11:45 AM CT to Find Out How to Thank YOUR Farmer This Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Do you know where your food comes from? Are you dedicated to buying local and organic from authentic family farms? Are you thankful for the farmers that get up early and stay up late in the heat of the summer and cold of the winter to produce nutritious food grown with love and respect for Earth’s natural systems?

We know you are – so let us help you thank them!

Each year at this time, Cornucopia pledges that for every donation made on behalf of a farmer, we will send them a hand-written acknowledgement card to show our gratitude.

Tune in live on Facebook tomorrow, Wednesday, November 21 at 11:45 AM Central, to join Cornucopia Executive Director and Senior Farm Policy Analyst Mark Kastel as he shares his appreciation for the hard-working, dedicated family farmers who make it possible for all of us to eat well and find nourishment throughout the year and to hear how Cornucopia can help you recognize your own local, organic farmer this Thanksgiving season.

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We Owe These Farmers …

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Dear Cornucopia members and supporters,

Pat Slattery of Middle Ridge, Wisconsin is the self-professed Brussels Sprout King of the Midwest. Pat has long been dedicated to high-quality wholesale and retail organics, as the photo indicates, and supportive of the community of farmers. We have been friends for over two decades—thank you to the Slattery family for your important work!

Thanksgiving is a time to especially acknowledge our connection to the earth and the cornucopia of wonderful food it provides. It’s also a time to remember the efforts of the farmers, ranchers, and fisher families who make Thanksgiving feasts across the country possible.

I hope you’ll join me in remembering their crucial, life-sustaining work during this festive season. In 2018 many conventional and organic farmers are economically hurting.

If you don’t have a farmer in the family, or in the neighborhood, you can thank a farmer directly at the farmers market, or through your CSA, or at your local co-op. Supporting our country’s best farmers with your patronage is the ultimate pat on the back!

If you feel like doing more in this season of giving, you can dedicate a Cornucopia donation to a farmer. When you make a donation online, you can select “gift in honor of” and then fill in the name of your favorite farmer, and we will send them a hand-written acknowledgement card.

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Congressional GMO Voters Guide: Who Sold Out the “Right to Know”

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The Cornucopia Institute Grades Senators and Representatives Ahead of 2018 Fall Election

ci_voterguiderighttoknowEvery member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who voted for or against stripping states of the ability to require the labeling of genetically engineered food (“The Dark Act”) has received a grade on their votes on issues concerning transparency and the labeling of GMO food ingredients. The scorecard was prepared by The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy research group watchdogging government and industry on matters impacting organic food and agriculture.

“Public polling continues to indicate that consumers are very interested in the ‘right-to-know’ what is in their food and want transparency in the use of GMO food ingredients,” said Jason Cole, a researcher for Cornucopia who gathered and analyzed the voting data. “We think voters will also be interested in digesting how their elected officials graded out on these issues as they prepare to cast their ballots next week on November 6.” Read Full Article »

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in St. Paul, MN #NOSB

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via live tweet and web updates from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in St. Paul, MN October 24-26.

We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following our stream.

For background on issues up for discussion at the meeting, see:

Friday, October 27, 2018

5:21 PM CT: Behar adjourns the fall 2018 NOSB meeting.

The next meeting of the NOSB will be April 24-26, 2019 in Seattle, WA. Check the meeting page for information, agenda, and workplan.

National Organic Standards Board, Fall 2018

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In the spirit of the 2018 giving season, a generous Cornucopia member has offered to DOUBLE ALL DONATIONS made in support of authentic and local food from true family farms. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to increase your impact with a gift to Cornucopia.

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