Media/News Archive

Canada Finds Glyphosate in Grains, U.S. Chooses Not to Look

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Given glyphosate’s suspected effect on human health at even very small levels, Canada’s finding of glyphosate in 30% of their samples is alarming. The U.S. had previously planned to test for glyphosate, but has recently abandoned the intended effort.

Canada finds excessive glyphosate levels in 3.9 percent of grain products

Source: AgriLife Today

In testing an array of foods and beverages for the weedkiller glyphosate, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found excessive residue levels in 3.9 percent of the grain products sampled, says The Western Producer. The agency ran tests on 3,188 food samples, and while it detected traces of glyphosate in nearly 30 percent of them, only 1.3 percent of the samples overall exceeded the government limits.

The CFIA told the newspaper that it would not identify the types and names of the grain products that exceeded the residue levels. “The report will not include raw data, company or brand names,” said the CFIA in an email. “Information about individual companies and products are not included in the reports because the relationships between distributors and manufacturers of specific products may be confidential business information.” Read Full Article »

Science That Is Bought and Paid For

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Ghostwriting aside, industry funded science seeks answers to industry needs. Cornucopia calls for research on behalf of truth, accuracy, and all of us, rather than only corporate balance sheets.

Inside the Academic Journal That Corporations Love
Pacific Standard
by Paul D. Thacker

Source: USACE Europe District

A recent Monsanto lawsuit opens a scary window into the industry of junk science.

A recent lawsuit against Monsanto offers a clear and troubling view into industry strategies that warp research for corporate gain. In a lawsuit regarding the possible carcinogenicity of the pesticide Roundup, plaintiffs’ lawyers suing Monsanto charge the company with ghostwriting an academic study finding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is not harmful. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer and is critical for successful cultivation of genetically modified crops such as corn and soybean, which are resistant to the pesticide. Read Full Article »

Leopold Center in Danger – Call Today

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is in danger of being defunded by the state of Iowa, which would effectively close the doors. The legislation is currently sitting on the governor’s desk. Call Governor Branstad TODAY asking him to protect the Leopold Center.  Call 515-281-5211 or submit comments at The Leopold Center’s importance extends well beyond Iowa’s borders.

Cost-Cutting Sustainability
DTN – The Progressive Farmer
by Chris Clayton

Iowa Lawmakers Push to Dismantle Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Just three weeks ago, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University was celebrating its 30th anniversary with guest lecturers, including some of the former state legislators who helped create the center.

But in a surprise move last week at the Iowa statehouse, lawmakers voted to eliminate the sustainable agriculture research center by zeroing out the Leopold Center’s entire funding stream. Read Full Article »

Egg Labels Explained

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Egg cartons have an increasingly dizzying number of claims stamped across them, and we regularly receive questions on their meanings. This article decodes them well. Cornucopia’s scorecard for organic eggs helps consumers decide which organic brands are produced with the highest integrity and best management practices.

What All of the “Cage-Free” Stuff on Egg Cartons REALLY Means
Bon Appétit
by Adrienne Rose Johnson

Source: Saecker

Brown, white, jumbo, organic, free-range, vegetarian-fed, humane, farm-fresh: My grocery store literally has 15 types of eggs. The cheapest dozen cost $3.56 and the most expensive are $9.99. Some cartons look like advertisements for down-on-the-farm hoedowns, a fantasy of cheery chickens and farm folk in a quilting bee or at a barn-raising. There’s Meadow Creek Farm, Happy Egg Co., Scenic Vista Farm: Would I rather my eggs come from a meadow or a scenic vista? Do happy chickens with a view lay better eggs?

And they all pretty much look the same. Even the giant flat shrink-wrapped pallets of eggs seem okay: they’re jumbo, “farm-fresh,” and “natural” just like cute little organic 6-packs. But are they the same?

We pinned down what those labels mean. Read Full Article »

Earthworms are Farmers’ Friends

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Earthworms are our allies in soil creation, aeration, pollution clean-up, and more. These humble creatures provide many ecosystem services. Note: In some states, earthworms are considered invasive, changing forest ecosystems which evolved without earthworms. Highly invasive jumping worms should be reported to state environmental regulators.

Earthworms are more important than pandas (if you want to save the planet)
The Independent
by Sarah Johnson

Source: slappytheseal

Not all wildlife is created equal in our eyes. Take the earthworm, which doesn’t have the widespread appeal of larger, more charismatic animals such as gorillas, tigers or pandas. Worms are never going to get a strong “cute response”, so they won’t ever be the face of a conservation campaign.

But what Darwin rightly recognised is that – panda fans, avert your eyes – worm conservation is much more important once we factor in their provision of what we now call “ecosystem services”, which are crucial to human survival. Read Full Article »