USDA Pulls Plug on Organic Certification Agent

The National Organic Program (NOP) announced on December 19 that they have revoked the accreditation of California Crop Improvement Association. Auditing of the organic certifier had identified 10 deficiencies, of which CCIA was able to correct only four in the past year. “We are pleased that the NOP is taking its oversight of the nation’s… Read more »

Last Minute Rulemaking by Bush USDA Threatens Organic Farmers

Consumers and Farmers Join Together to Promote Organic Integrity Many media outlets, from the New York Times to the blogosphere, have tracked what has been dubbed the “corporate takeover” of organic farming. One of the hottest controversies in this rapidly growing $20 billion industry has been giant factory farms milking thousands of cows each in… Read more »

Four USDA Listening Sessions on New Livestock/Pasture Rule Begin This Week

The USDA has scheduled four listening sessions to gather input on its newly proposed organic livestock/pasture rule. The sessions are scheduled for: Tuesday, December 2 1:30-4:30 p.m. Organic Valley Family of Farms Headquarters One Organic Way LaFarge, WI 54639 Thursday, December 4 1:30-4:30 p.m. California State University – Chico University Farm Pavillion 311 Nicholas C…. Read more »

USDA Releases New Organic “Pasture Rule” — Running out the Clock for Family Farmers?

CORNUCOPIA, WI — After eight years of intense scrutiny and criticism the USDA has published a proposed amendment to the federal organic regulations intended to address abuses by “factory farms,” milking thousands of cows each and masquerading as organic. The heated controversy pitted the country’s 1700-1800 families who produce organic milk, and their loyal customers,… Read more »

Collateral Damage: Organic Farmers Being Squeezed Out

Corporate Takeover Threatens Farmers, Mission Cornucopia, WI – Groups representing organic farmers and their customers are calling on consumers to help save the organic industry by exclusively patronizing dairies, and other brands, that uphold the spirit and letter of the federal organic law. They claim the acquisition of major brands by corporate agribusiness, and their… Read more »

Cornucopia Institute Files Action Seeking Almond Pasteurization Documents

Farm Policy Group Says Almond Board Withholding Key Research The Cornucopia Institute Cornucopia, WI – The Cornucopia Institute has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Almond Board of California seeking public documents justifying the merits of the almond pasteurization rule and the science supporting it…. Read more »

Cornucopia Calls for Food Safety Rules That Don’t Discriminate Against Diverse, Family-Scale Fresh Market Farmers

Testimony given before USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee The Cornucopia Institute Carlea Arnold, Research Associate Good morning. My name is Caralea Arnold. I work for farmers. I’m not a lobbyist. I am a staff member with The Cornucopia Institute, based in Cornucopia, Wisconsin. I grew up on a certified organic farm in upstate… Read more »

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Almond Growers and Handlers File Federal Lawsuit Seeking to End “Adulteration” of Raw Nuts

Lawsuit Would Halt Treatment of Almonds with Toxic Fumigant or Steam Heat WASHINGTON, D.C. A group of fifteen American almond growers and wholesale nut handlers filed a lawsuit in the Washington, D.C. federal court on Tuesday, September 9 seeking to repeal a controversial USDA-mandated treatment program for California-grown raw almonds. The almond farmers and handlers… Read more »

Got Fresh Spinach? Lettuce? Think again!

Radiation Treatment Lowers Nutrition and Raises Spoilage Issues The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on August 22, published a new federal regulation permitting “but not requiring” the use of ionizing irradiation for the control of food-borne pathogens and extension of shelf life in fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach. In plain English this means that… Read more »