Media/News Archive

U.S. Certified Organic Agricultural Production Up 23 Percent in 2016

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Consumer’s hunger for good food produced with more meaning continues to grow.

2016 Sales of U.S. Certified Organic Agricultural Production Up 23 Percent from Previous Year

California continues to lead in certified farms, acres, sales

Sales of organic agricultural production continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey show that 2016 sales were up 23 percent from $6.2 billion in 2015. During the same year, the number of certified organic farms in the country increased 11 percent to 14,217, and the number of certified acres increased 15 percent to 5.0 million.

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Pruitt’s EPA Considering Dicamba Ban

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: According to the article below, 3.5% of all soybeans planted in the U.S. were harmed by dicamba this season. The harvest is not yet in to see the effect on yields. The EPA has threatened to ban the herbicide, leaving uncertainty about the future of dicamba and dicamba-resistant crops.

Ban of Herbicide Could Benefit Agriculture Prices
Bloomberg View
by Shelley Goldberg

Source: Scott Robinson

Soybeans and cotton would be big winners if dicamba is deemed harmful to crops.

A debate over the weed killer dicamba could end up limiting the use of agriculture herbicides and result in winners and losers among chemical companies and farmers.

Efforts to ban the herbicide could benefit the prices of agriculture products such as soybeans and cotton. At the same time, equities of chemical companies could face downward pressure. But no matter the outcome, the more likely winners will be non-genetically modified organics and owners of non-GMO farmland. Read Full Article »

‘Regenerative Organic’ Label Coming Soon

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: In response to the co-option of the word “sustainable” and the increasing threats to the integrity of the organic label, Rodale and a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists, and brands are creating an “add-on” certification. The ‘Regenerative Organic Certified’ label will go beyond the current organic standards to ensure that consumers have access to foods that were produced with the integrity they are looking for. It remains unclear whether additional labels in this label-heavy industry will be well-understood.

A New Food Label Is Coming Soon and It Goes ‘Beyond Organic’
by Ronnie Cummins

Conscious consumers won’t have to wait much longer for clear guidance on how to buy food and other products that are not only certified organic, but also certified regenerative.

On Wednesday, the Rodale Institute unveiled draft standards for a new Regenerative Organic Certification, developed by Rodale and a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists and brands.

When finalized, the certification will go “beyond organic” by establishing higher standards for soil health and land management, animal welfare and farmer and worker fairness.

Organic Consumer Association and our Regeneration International project, fully embrace this new venture to make organic more climate friendly, humane, just and environmentally positive. As we’ve said before, when it comes to food and farming—and as we veer toward climate catastrophe—”sustainable” doesn’t cut it anymore. And certified USDA organic, though far better than GMO, chemical and energy-intensive agriculture, doesn’t go quite far enough. Read Full Article »

Organic Apples are in Season

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic apples are healthy for your family and the planet – and you may be able to buy them from a local farmer! You can look for farmers near you on Local Harvest’s website.

5 Reasons You Should Always Buy Organic Apples
Rodale’s Organic Life
by Stephanie Eckelkamp

More antioxidants, less toxic pesticides, and better flavor, for starters.

Source: humboldthead

It’s peak apple season—that magnificent time of year when we come home with bushels of Cortlands, Empires, and McIntosh and morph them into everything from apple butter and sauce to pies and crisps (in addition to eating them in their delicious, unadulterated glory, of course).

But depending on how they’re grown, apples can have a dark side—for one, conventional apples are one of the most pesticide-loaded crops out there. (Learn why the apples we eat today are nothing like the ones our grandparents enjoyed.)

So before you choose any old bag of apples at your grocery store or farmers’ market, or a pick-your-own orchard, consider the fact that organic apples are not only a superior choice for your personal health, but the health of the planet. Read Full Article »

Explosive New Book Exposes Monsanto’s Corrupt Science

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Carey Gillam has been reporting on agricultural pesticides and Monsanto for two decades. Her new book, Whitewash, is the culmination of her years of investigation into Monsanto and their cornerstone pesticide, Roundup.

Monsanto’s ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Deception Exposed in ‘Whitewash’
by Stacy Malkan

Carey Gillam’s new book is available now from Island Press: Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.

Gilliam’s Whitewash is a hard-hitting investigation into the most widely used agrichemical in history, based on 20 years of research and scores of internal industry documents. For decades, glyphosate has been lauded as the chemical that’s “safe enough to drink,” but a growing body of scientific research ties glyphosate to cancers and a host of other health and environmental threats.

Whitewash is a “must-read,” sayid Booklist. Kirkus Reviews called Whitewash a “hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative,” and a “forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits.”

Q: Carey, you’ve been reporting on pesticides and Monsanto for nearly 20 years. As a journalist, why was it important to write a book about the topic? Why now?

A: Health experts around the world recognize that pesticides are a big contributor to a range of health problems suffered by people of all ages, but a handful of very powerful and influential corporations have convinced policy makers that the risks to human and environmental health are well worth the rewards that these chemicals bring in terms of fighting weeds, bugs or plant diseases. These corporations are consolidating and becoming ever more powerful, and are using their influence to push higher and higher levels of many dangerous pesticides into our lives, including into our food system. We have lost a much-needed sense of caution surrounding these chemicals, and Monsanto’s efforts to promote increased uses of glyphosate is one of the best examples of how this corporate pursuit of profits has taken priority over protection of the public. Read Full Article »