Media/News Archive

Glyphosate Linked to Health Issues, Disorders, and Disease

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the active ingredient in many herbicides since its debut in agribusiness. Scientists have yet to determine exactly how glyphosate is causing health problems, but studies show that specific ailments arise in animals even with exposure to low doses of the chemical. Glyphosate is not allowed in organic agriculture.


Serious Health Conditions Studies Have Linked To Monsanto’s Roundup
Rodale’s Organic Life
by Markham Heid

Source: Mike Mozart, Flickr

This common agricultural herbicide has been associated with numerous health issues, but there are ways to reduce your exposure.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is easily the most heavily used agricultural chemical in the U.S., according to a 2016 study in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe. And that’s starting to look like more and more of a problem.

“Roundup is widely used in gardens and commercial spaces, as well as in agriculture,” says Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group. It’s so widely used that it occasionally turns up in drinking water, Lunder says. That’s frightening because, since Roundup first hit the market in 1974, it has been linked to a bevy of health issues. Read Full Article »

Organic Soundbites May Not Be Organic Facts

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The newsreel spins so fast, it seems even reporters skim the news sometimes. Cornucopia encourages readers to examine studies of interest personally, and not just rely on media coverage.


What the latest research actually says (and doesn’t) about organic
The Organic Center

Source: Casey Lessard

Precise analysis of scientific articles isn’t always easy and almost never quick.  Today’s media has much to report on and respond to, and increasingly, corners get cut in taking the time to get the news out in the most accurate way. A new journal article published in Science Advances highlights many areas where organic agriculture excels: higher biodiversity, improved soil and water quality, greater profitability, and higher nutritional value.  But much of the current media coverage focuses less on the content of the paper and more on a few out of context quotes, and the guarded title of the article, “Many shades of gray—The context-dependent performance of organic agriculture”. Read Full Article »

In Memoriam: Dave Engel — Organic Farming Pioneer

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Cornucopia staff mourns the loss of organic farming pioneer Dave Engel. Dave helped found CROPP/Organic Valley and the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Please consider making a donation to MOSES in memory of this long-time organic dairy leader (please see below).


David James Engel, age 65, died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua.

David Engel

Dave Engel is survived by his wife, Marta W. Engel (Nee Weinfeld) of Soldiers Grove; his mother, Mary Roessel Engel, of Bismarck, N.D.; his children, Joshua (Teresa) Engel, Soldiers Grove; Noah (Ximena) Engel, Viroqua; Tobiah Engel, Baltimore, Md. and Lilly Engel; Minneapolis, Minn.; and grandsons, Otto, Yasmani and Rafael.

He is preceded in death by his father, Austin George Engel Jr. of Bismarck, N.D.

Dave Engel was born on August 9, 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from Bismarck High School and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Dave was a dairy farmer for 30 years and will be remembered for his work as a pioneer and champion of organic and family farmers. Dave was a founding farmer for Organic Valley where he sold milk for 23 years. Dave helped found and was the executive director of MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association). He also founded Nature’s International Certification Services. Read Full Article »

Antibiotics Weaken Bees

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The prolific use of antibiotics in agriculture has been under fire for years now. This study indicates that antibiotics given to bees preemptively may be responsible for weakening the bees and making them more vulnerable to common bacteria. Some scientists believe the same is true of overuse of antibiotics in humans. Antibiotics are not allowed in organic agriculture unless an animal’s life is in danger, and then the animal will rotate out of organic production.


Overuse of Antibiotics Brings Risks for Bees — and for Us
University of Texas News

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.

The scientists found the antibiotics cleared out beneficial gut bacteria in the bees, making way for a harmful pathogen, which also occurs in humans, to get a foothold. The research is the latest discovery to indicate overuse of antibiotics can sometimes make living things, including people, sicker. Read Full Article »

Lawsuits Against Monsanto Abound

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: In 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found some “evidence of carcinogenicity,” linking glyphosate with lymphoma and opening the door for lawsuits. Some have drawn a parallel with asbestos and tobacco.


Roundup’s active ingredient facing wave of legal challenges as alleged carcinogen
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Bryce Gray

Source: Mike Mozart

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s marquee product, Roundup, is coming under fire from hundreds of legal challenges across the U.S., with individuals alleging that the herbicide is carcinogenic and linked to cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Whether the cases pay out for plaintiffs remains to be seen. But at the very least, they represent a big opportunity for litigators, with some thinking “glyphosate” could become a legal buzzword on par with asbestos. Read Full Article »