Media/News Archive

Glyphosate Harmful to Rats at Low Doses

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: A new study indicates that glyphosate, at levels well below those permitted in the U.S., may lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats. Glyphosate is not allowed in organics.

Groundbreaking Study Shows Roundup Herbicide Causes Liver Disease at Low Doses
Sustainable Pulse

Source: Mike Mozart

A new study published Monday in Scientific Reports, an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature, has shown that the glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats at very low doses.

The new peer-reviewed study led by Dr Michael Antoniou at King’s College London using cutting edge profiling methods describes the molecular composition of the livers of female rats administered with an extremely low dose of Roundup weedkiller over a 2-year period. The dose of glyphosate from the Roundup administered was thousands of times below what is permitted by regulators worldwide. The study revealed that these animals suffered from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Read Full Article »

U.S. Government to Define “Healthy” with Help from Big Food

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The FDA appears to be working closely with Big Food to define the word “healthy.” Cornucopia urges citizens to submit their own comments on the subject.

FDA allows more time for comments on ‘healthy’ food labels
Food Safety News
by Coral Beach

Source: Terry Freedman

Four months wasn’t long enough for some in the food industry to figure out how they want the FDA to define “healthy” for use on food labels, so the agency has extended the comment deadline on the topic for another three months.

The Food and Drug Administration’s deadline for public comments on the topic is now April 26, which is a month longer than at least one extension request sought.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association asked that the Jan. 26 deadline be extended to March 26, citing year-end activities and holiday scheduling as part of the reason it needed more than four months to develop and submit comments. Read Full Article »

More Good News for Organic!

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: As evidence mounts that organic food is superior to conventional, the USDA’s refusal to admit it appears increasingly biased.

Year-End Gift to Organic Advocates: Study Shows Organic Foods Provide Health Benefits
by Joey DeMarco

Source: Zak

A study conducted by the European Parliament’s Independent Research Service, titled “Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture,” has concluded that eating organic food improves early development, reduces pesticide exposure, strengthens the nutritional value of food, and mitigates disease risks.

The finding follows previous claims by the European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety that consumers who prefer organic food have healthier dietary patterns overall, which has been confirmed by other studies and publications.

Consumer demand for food labeled organic is rapidly expanding. In 2014, eaters around the world spent US$80 billion consuming organic products, according to the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). Some are motivated by a concern for the environmental ramifications of their decisions, while others are focused on the health benefits of eating sustainably. Read Full Article »

Pesticide Research is Like Physics

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: In quantum mechanics, the ‘observer effect’ refers to changes in a phenomenon due to being observed. This article describes the effects of industry gaze on research and the public eye on industry funding.

Scientists Loved and Loathed by an Agrochemical Giant
The New York Times
by Danny Hakim

Source: Johan J. Ingles-Le Nobel

With corporate funding of research, “there’s no scientist who comes out of this unscathed.”

The bee findings were not what Syngenta expected to hear.

The pesticide giant had commissioned James Cresswell, an expert in flowers and bees at the University of Exeter in England, to study why many of the world’s bee colonies were dying. Companies like Syngenta have long blamed a tiny bug called a varroa mite, rather than their own pesticides, for the bee decline.

Dr. Cresswell has also been skeptical of concerns raised about those pesticides, and even the extent of bee deaths. But his initial research in 2012 undercut concerns about varroa mites as well. So the company, based in Switzerland, began pressing him to consider new data and a different approach. Read Full Article »

Anna Lappé on the Food System in 2017

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: One of our colleagues and the founder of Real Food Media, Anna Lappé, addresses the challenges in the food system for the year ahead.

by Lisa Palmer

Anna Lappé

Mergers puts food workers and small-scale farmers at risk and increase vertical integration, hurting farm­ers’ ability to compete.

When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017 print annual, Real Food Media founder Anna Lappé responds to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in your field in 2017? Why? And what should we be doing about it now?

The food system is one of the largest forces impacting our planet’s environment and people’s health. The choices about what crops are grown, where and how they are produced, who gets access to that food and who makes those decisions all have global consequences. Read Full Article »