Genetically Engineered Alfalfa Threatens Organics

Alfalfa is a prime forage crop for organic livestock farmers. It’s drought resistant, has a high nutritional value, and grows well in areas of the U.S. where dairy and beef livestock are important. Alfalfa is the third most valuable and fourth most widely grown crop in the U.S. A perennial plant, alfalfa spreads its pollen… Read more »

Investors Question Dean Foods at Stockholders Meeting

Horizon Organic Milk Brand Faces Consumer Boycott Over Factory Farms Contacts: Steven Heim, Boston Common Asset Management, 617-720-5557 or 617-785-9527 (c) Daniel Stranahan, The Needmor Fund, 206-794-3656 Mark Kastel, The Cornucopia Institute, 608-625-2000 DALLAS: Socially concerned investors, who filed a shareholder proposal with Dean Foods, today questioned the company’s management at its Annual Meeting of… Read more »

Organic Watchdog Sues USDA

Cornucopia Institute Seeks Records on Lack of Organic Food Standards Enforcement Contact: Will Fantle, 715-839-7731   Gary Cox, 614-233-4850 CORNUCOPIA, WI: The Cornucopia Institute has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to compel the USDA to provide public records sought through several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The Institute is a Wisconsin-based farm… Read more »

Investors Challenge Dean Foods’ Approach to Organics

Investment in Factory Farms Questioned NEW YORK: Socially concerned investors have filed a shareholder proposal asking Dean Foods to report to shareholders how it is responding to widespread concern that industrial-scale organic dairies, supplying milk for its Horizon brand, violate consumer trust, seriously jeopardizing share value. The shareholder proposal is a by-product of a five-year… Read more »

Newsletter Corrections:

For those members who recently received our February newsletter, we would like to note two corrections. The profile of Cornucopia board member Helen Kees incorrectly identified her secondary market for beef cattle as the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool. After the cooperative expanded its scope a few years ago to include farmers nationwide, its membership… Read more »

Lawsuit Calls Genetically Engineered Alfalfa a Risk

Groups Challenge USDA Approval of First Perennial Gene Altered Crop CONTACT: Will Rostov, Center for Food Safety, Charles Margulis, Center for Food Safety, Kevin Dowling, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Jim Munsch, The Cornucopia Institute San Francisco, Calif. – Shortly after a government report cited problems with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of… Read more »

Cornucopia Institute Opposes Virginia Poultry Proposal

Legislation Could Ban Small Scale/Humane Production FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 Joel Salatin, 540-885-3590 The Cornucopia Institute has announced their support for family farmers in their opposition to a legislative proposal in the state of Virginia that could eliminate the ability of the state’s residents to raise chickens and other fowl in the… Read more »

Corporate-Dominated Lobby Group Attacks Organic Watchdog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 CORNUCOPIA, WI: The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is seeking to suppress the release of a new report rating the nation’s organic dairy brands and products. The report will soon be issued by The Cornucopia Institute, an agricultural policy research group that supports family-scale farmers. The OTA’s “campaign of… Read more »

New 2000-Cow Industrial Dairy Farm to Ship Milk to Dean/Horizon

Just on the heels of Dean Foods’ announcement that they will invest $10 million to build a second factory-scale company-owned farm in the desert-like conditions of at Idaho, we’ve learned of another proposed 10 million-dollar investment, adding 2000 cows, to the cachet of “organic” industrial farms producing milk for Dean/Horizon. Besides for eating byproducts from… Read more »

Member Profile

The Greenbergs of Stratford, Wisconsin Most organic dairy farms are relatively small operations, averaging about 50 cows. However, a handful of exemplary producers are proving that you can farm on a larger scale without compromising on environmental stewardship, humane animal husbandry, or organic ethics. The Greenberg farm, in Stratford, Wisconsin, is just one of those… Read more »