Media/News Archive

Hain Celestial Under SEC Investigation

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Many large, primarily conventional corporations have bought organic brands, and Hain Celestial is no exception. Consumers committed to supporting independent brands with a true commitment to organic values can use Cornucopia’s scorecards to help make choices at the market.

Organic food giant under SEC investigation
Sustainable Food News

Hain Celestial’s stock drops to lowest level since June 2013 after agency subpoenas documents

Shares of the Hain Celestial Group, Inc. plunged more than 15 percent to a new low Monday morning after the organic and natural food giant manufacturer said the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has placed it under investigation and subpoenaed it for documents related to its previously reported accounting errors.

The Lake Success, N.Y.-based company (NASDAQ: HAIN), which owns the Earth’s Best organic baby food and BluePrint cold-pressed juice brands, among others, said in a securities filing late Friday that it “is in the process of responding to the SEC’s requests for information and intends to cooperate fully” with the agency’s investigation. Read Full Article »

Kinder CAFOs?

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: While we are pleased that some improvements are occurring in conventional agriculture, Cornucopia recommends only certified organic food. For instance, the label Certified Humane does not limit flock size, prohibit beak trimming, or require outdoor access in laying hens.

The US is making a big shift away from factory farming
Business Insider
by Gus Lubin

Hens in battery cages
Source: Farm Sanctuary

The US is quietly making historic progress on farm animal welfare, with ten states and hundreds of brands coming out against the most notorious kinds of factory farming.

“You’re seeing almost every major retailer, almost every major fast food producer and restaurant chain committing to phasing out the use of battery cages and/or gestation crates,” ASPCA Farm Welfare director Daisy Freund tells Business Insider. “We are going beyond our dreams here, and yet we’re really just getting started.” Read Full Article »

Citizens Want Real Food Choices

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia supports consumers’ right to know what is in their food, and we are heartened by reforms to the food system found on ballots across the nation. While this article alleges there is no science behind consumer objections to GMOs, we disagree. GMOs have increased the use of pesticides on farmlands, bred pesticide resistant weeds, helped to lessen biodiversity among crops, and consolidated political power and money among biotech corporations.

Food politics have sparked another kind of populism, and it’s resulting in real reform
by Chase Purdy

Source: Stephen Melkisethian

The oven mitts are coming off, as American citizens enter the political fray to press for reforms to the food industry.

In the last three years, voters at local levels have chosen to change parts of the food system in transformational ways. Consider what’s happened:

  • A spate of recently approved soda taxes now present an existential threat to the carbonated-beverage industry, forcing companies to beat back against the idea that their sugary products are “the new tobacco.”
  • Egg farmers in Midwestern states are changing the way the nation’s eggs are produced. That’s, at least in part, because of a cage-free referendum that was passed in November with the support of 78% of Massachusetts voters.
  • A law passed in Vermont—a state of 600,000 people—requiring food companies label genetically modified (GMO) foods has forced the food industry to overhaul its approach to labeling and has catalyzed efforts in Congress to rethink its rules (which nonetheless are still trending in a relatively industry-friendly direction).

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Minnesota Farmers to Open Processing Plant

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The primary barrier to finding local organic meat in the market is the lack of local certified organic processing plants. This family plans to open a processing plant to bring their organic meat, and that of surrounding farmers, to market.

Kleins advance with processing plant plans
by Lisa Young

ELGIN, Minn. — For about 14 years, Eric and Lisa Klein have been at the forefront of the local food scene, selling their Hidden Stream Farm meat everywhere from the Rochester Farmers Market to high-end Twin Cities restaurants.

In May, the couple, who farm with their children outside Elgin, will venture into new territory with the opening of their own processing plant.

The to-be-named plant will be located in a building under renovation in Dover. 

The 12-mile farm-to-plant journey will be a lot shorter and definitely more centralized than the occasional multi-town round trips the Kleins make often as their operation has grown.

“There’s not any one processing plant with the capacity to do what we need,” Lisa said. “At one point, we were going to three different processing plants.”

The idea to have a plant of their own cropped up four or five years ago, Eric said. With few places for certified organic meat processing in the area, a growing need exists for more.  Read Full Article »

Industrial Agriculture Likely Created Bird Flu

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: New research suggests that bird flu is caused and spread by factory farmed birds, and not brought in by wild birds, who are commonly blamed for the epidemics of the last decade. In fact, there are no recorded instances of bird flu in wild bird populations until 2005.

Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Deadly Strains of Bird Flu H5Nx
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
by Rob Wallace, PhD

Source: Naim Alel

Multiple outbreaks of deadly H5 bird flu are decimating poultry across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

The epidemic, moving across Eurasia in wave after wave, follows an eruption of H5N2 here in the U.S. in 2015. All the new strains—H5N2, H5N3, H5N5, H5N6, H5N8, and H5N9, together called H5Nx—are descendants of the H5N1 subtype that first emerged in China in 1997 and since 2003 has killed 452 people.

Big Poultry and its collaborators in government are blaming wild waterfowl, which act as reservoirs for many influenza strains, for the new poultry outbreaks. Read Full Article »