Media/News Archive

Whole Dairy is Heart-Healthy

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: Researchers measured plasma levels of almost 3,000 adults over 22 years and found no significant link between dairy fats and heart disease or stroke. In fact, they found that one fatty acid in dairy may actually lower the risk of stroke in humans. To ensure you receive the healthiest balance of fatty acids, Cornucopia recommends pastured organic dairy. Use Cornucopia’s Dairy Scorecard to find out which brands produce the most nutritious milk for your family.

New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products
Science Daily

Source: Nacho Rascon

Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The study, published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke — two of the country’s biggest killers often associated with a diet high in saturated fat. In fact, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, the researchers reported.

“Our findings not only support, but also significantly strengthen, the growing body of evidence which suggests that dairy fat, contrary to popular belief, does not increase risk of heart disease or overall mortality in older adults. In addition to not contributing to death, the results suggest that one fatty acid present in dairy may lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, particularly from stroke,” said Marcia Otto, Ph.D., the study’s first and corresponding author and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health. Read Full Article »

‘Enough’ Misleading Ads on Antibiotics in Meat

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: A social media campaign, “Enough,” is working hard to confuse consumers about the dangers of widespread antibiotic use in livestock, among other things. The ads reassure us that there is no antibiotic residue in our food, that organic isn’t “worth it,” and that “innovation” is needed to produce enough meat to feed the world. The campaign, aimed at moms, is paid for by the animal drug corporation Elanco. They make no mention in any of their patronizing memes of the superbugs created by the overuse of antibiotics in livestock.

Diversion tactics: how big pharma is muddying the waters on animal antibiotics
The Guardian
by Ben Stockton, Madlen Davies and Andrew Wasley

Antibiotic use on farms is a major cause of human drug resistance. Yet slick social media campaigns – funded by the multi-billion-dollar industry – are confusing and complicating the issue

Slick industry PR campaigns about antibiotics in food are muddying the water around a serious public health risk, say critics.

Pharmaceutical and meat companies are using similar tactics to the cigarette industry, in an attempt to confuse consumers and hold off regulation, despite the fact that the rapidly growing risk of anti-microbial resistance is one of the biggest health risks of our time. It’s estimated that by 2050 10 million people might die a year because we have overused antibiotics.

In one facebook ad entitled “How to survive as a working mom” a stressed woman has a baby on her lap and a phone under one ear. “Breathe,” the advert says. “Pour a glass of wine (if that’s your thing). Prepare your family the chicken. Whether the label says ‘no antibiotics’ or not, the meat and milk you buy is free of harmful residues from antibiotics.” Read Full Article »

USDA Secretary to Organic Farmers: Get the Hell Out!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: That’s a real public servant! Bring legitimate complaints about cheating in organics to the USDA, and the Secretary of the agency suggests that you are a crybaby-socialist and should move out of the country.

– Mark A. Kastel

Trump’s USDA Is Killing Rules That Organic Food Makers Want
by Andrew Martin and Shruti Singh

The organic industry has sought out government oversight to reassure consumers. Now some worry that deregulation could chip away at that confidence.

Regulation isn’t a dirty word to makers of organic food.

Sec. of Ag. Sonny Perdue:
“If you believe in socialism, you probably
ought to export your operation somewhere.”
Image source: USDA

So they’re pushing back against the Trump administration, which has killed off a slate of proposed regulatory changes for raising and manufacturing organic products after coming to power promising to remove “job-killing regulations.” In recent months, shelved proposals have included those covering animal welfare, the manufacture of pet food and beekeeping.

Stringent regulations are crucial to maintaining consumer confidence in the organic label that the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees, according to many producers. They also help manufacturers command premium prices. Even some traditional food giants, including Perdue Farms and General Mills, have made the case for certain new regulations.

The egg business—already rife with consumer confusion over marketing claims such as “pasture-raised” and “cage-free”—may feel a particular impact from the administration’s actions. Read Full Article »

U.S. Delegation Puts Infant Formula Interests Ahead of Children’s Health

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Why would a farm policy research group report on infant formula???

Prior to 2011, Martek Biosciences had been selling—illegally—their algae-based DHA oil for use in “organic” infant formula and Horizon milk. After a legal complaint it was determined that the material was not on the National List of substances approved for use in organics. Miles McEvoy, then-NOP director, said he would publish a guidance in terms of how to remove the illegal organic products from the marketplace …. But he never did (big favor to the industry/big surprise).

In a very corrupt process, DHA was added to the list at the fall 2011 NOSB meeting by a one-vote margin. See  our white paper, The Organic Watergate, for more on this.

Even though the rule permitting the use of DHA oil was passed by the NOSB, it has never been published in the Federal Register.  Thus the use continues to be illegal. Why? To our knowledge the only GRAS-approved algal oil for use in infant formula is extracted with the volatile solvent hexane, a byproduct of gasoline refinement. Solvent extraction is explicitly prohibited in the organic standards. So if they published the NOSB recommendation to allow algae-based oil as long as it is not extracted with hexane, they would have to remove the material from their products. Years have gone by. This further illustrates the corruption at the USDA organic program.

Not surprisingly, despite the fact that there is no comparison to breast milk, the industry saw sales increase after it promoted DHA-enhanced formula as “the closest thing to breast milk.” If you have an interest in this issue, you can read the report we produced, Replacing Mother, on our website.

Read the article below, and further information from the Associated Press below that, for more on infant formula interests in the U.S.

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials
The New York Times
by Andrew Jacobs

Source: Ambernectar 13

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children. Read Full Article »

Senate Farm Bill Provision Would Mitigate Organic Fraud

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia has reported extensively on import fraud, exposing the glaring loopholes in enforcement available to bad actors. The Senate recently passed a version of the Farm Bill that would help address fraud in the organic industry. The bill includes funding for much-needed technological advances in USDA data collection surrounding shipments of organic agricultural products flowing into the United States.

Farm Bill Provision Could Protect Wisconsin Farmers From Organic Fraud
Wisconsin Public Radio
by Hope Kirwan

Organic Leaders Say Policy Update Needed To Ensure Fake Organic Products Don’t Hurt Local Producers

Organic industry leaders in Wisconsin are applauding a recently-approved version of the Farm Bill for cracking down on fraud.

The U.S. Senate passed their version of the legislation on Thursday, June 28.

Source: James Brooks, Flickr

Based on legislation introduced by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, the bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update tracking of imported organic agricultural products. Those shipments would be required to have an electronic import certificate, which would be consolidated into an annual report on the total number of organic imports accepted into the U.S.

Over the last year, reports of fraud and an internal audit have highlighted the USDA’s failure to enforce organic standards on imports. Read Full Article »