Media/News Archive

EU Report Says Organic Diet Reduces Harmful Pesticide Exposure

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: A report commissioned by the European Parliament states that people eating an organic diet are subjected to fewer, and lower levels of, harmful pesticides. The report recommended organic food for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Antibiotics, which are a growing concern in the age of super-bugs, are restricted in organic livestock, and organic crops contain less of the heavy metal cadmium. This report confirms, again, what is common knowledge among people who eat organic food: Organic agriculture provides a haven from dangerous pesticides.

Organic food: panacea for health? The Lancet editorial touts EU organic food diet study
Sustainable Food News


Organic food is embraced by many as part of a healthy lifestyle, according to an editorial in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best-known general medical journals.

“This month’s vegetable shortages and price increases in the United Kingdom were attributed to bad weather in Spain, outlining how important sustainable agricultural policy is to health with the changing availability of food sources,” the editorial said. “Currently, the European Union accounts for 24 percent of the world’s organic land, with the global organic market expected to increase by 2.5 times to $200 billion by 2020.” Read Full Article »

Attorneys Allege EPA Colluded with Monsanto

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Non Hodgkin lymphoma sufferers have sued Monsanto for covering up evidence concerning Roundup’s relationship to cancer. The plaintiff’s attorneys have submitted a 2013 letter from an EPA scientist to a top-ranking EPA official, accusing the official of favoring the industry and intimidating staff.  All too often, the regulated control what the regulators do.

Questions about EPA-Monsanto collusion raised in cancer lawsuits
The Huffington Post
by Carey Gillam

Source: USDA

Now it’s getting interesting.

A new court filing made on behalf of dozens of people claiming Monsanto Co.’s Roundup herbicide gave them cancer includes information about alleged efforts within the Environmental Protection Agency to protect Monsanto’s interests and unfairly aid the agrichemical industry.

The filing, made late Friday by plaintiff’s attorneys, includes what the attorneys represent to be correspondence from a 30-year career EPA scientist accusing top-ranking EPA official Jess Rowland of playing “your political conniving games with the science” to favor pesticide manufacturers such as Monsanto. Rowland oversaw the EPA’s cancer assessment for glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s weed-killing products, and was a key author of a report finding glyphosate was not likely to be carcinogenic. But in the correspondence, longtime EPA toxicologist Marion Copley cites evidence from animal studies and writes: “It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer.”

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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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