Media/News Archive

Reconsidering Halloween Candy

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Conventional Halloween candy is troubling in terms of what it contains, how it is made, and how much of it kids eat at this time of year. Below, find some interesting ideas on how to navigate and find some other options for the candy holiday.

The Halloween Quandary
Nourishing Our Children
by Sandrine Love

Source: Amanda Tipton

For some, Halloween isn’t a quandary because they simply opt out of it altogether or conversely they embrace it as a yearly experience, candy and all. For others, concerns about the sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients and the like in candy arise in our community forums. We often see this question posed at this time of year: “So how does everyone deal with Halloween candy?”

There is The Teal Pumpkin Project for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween that I recommend folks take a look at. Meanwhile, parents in our community have reported that they offer small toys, temporary tattoos, and glow sticks at Halloween: Read Full Article »

Indigenous People Reclaim Traditional Harvest

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is documenting the health of traditional plants in hopes of regaining the tribe’s right to harvest them sustainably for food and medicine. Many native plants have been over-harvested for gourmet restaurants and up-scale markets, resulting in a ban on all harvesting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wild plants should always be harvested ethically.

Mending a Native Food Web
North Carolina Health News
by Catherine Clabby

Source: Michael Hicks

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are using research and new partnerships to expand access to wild foods at the heart of their culture.

On an Appalachian Mountains slope coated with trees and low plants, Tommy Cabe got on his knees to look for shiny black seeds inside a late-season ramp patch.

“Here there are five seedpods but no seeds,” the forest resource specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians pronounced, adding quickly, “Here’s one!” Read Full Article »

New Reports Determine Organic Seed Breeding Priorities by Region

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic farmers, who do not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or genetic engineering, strive to grow crops with the assistance of nature. Plant breeding provides seeds adapted to local climates and conditions while minimizing pest and disease pressures. These reports identify plant traits desired by farmers in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast.

Reports Describe Plant Breeding Priorities for Organic
Organic Seed Alliance

Source: Emma Nagle

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and Cornell University today announced the release of two reports that detail plant breeding priorities for organic agriculture in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast, respectively. The assessments are a result of surveys and regional working groups that gathered input from organic farmers, organic seed and food distributors, and public and private plant breeders.

“The long-term goal of this project is to increase farmers’ access to regionally appropriate seed well-suited for organic production,” says Micaela Colley, program director of OSA and co-author of the organization’s Pacific Northwest report. “Farmers who use organic practices focus more on prevention and resistance because they have fewer inputs at their disposal. They need crop varieties developed specifically for low-input systems – crops that mitigate pest and disease pressures, and that are adapted to their local conditions and climates.” Read Full Article »

Livestock and Poultry Farmers: Apply for a Fund-a-Farmer grant today!

Monday, October 10th, 2016


fundafarmerAre you a livestock or poultry farmer who wants to improve animal welfare on your operation? You may be eligible to receive a Fund-a-Farmer grant from FACT! FACT will award grants of up to $2,500 for two types of projects: Animal Welfare Certification Projects and Pasture Improvement Projects. Check out the grant guidelines for the full details and apply online! Applications are due by November 21, so don’t delay.

FACT is also offering a free online information session to help farmers with their applications. Register for the webinar and learn more about this unique funding opportunity. Read Full Article »

Agriculture Reborn in Puerto Rico

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: While financial uncertainty hangs over Puerto Rico, small farms are popping up, providing jobs and food. The Puerto Rican government is supporting agriculture of all types. With GMO trial fields in place since 2011, Bayer has announced intentions to open two large biotech facilities there.

Puerto Rico finds unexpected source of growth in agriculture
Fox News
by Associated Press

Source: David Marshall

GUANICA, Puerto Rico – Puerto Ricans are buying rice produced on the island for the first time in nearly 30 years. They are also eating locally grown mushrooms, kale and even arugula, along with more traditional crops such as plantains and pineapples.

The U.S. territory is seeing something of an agricultural renaissance as new farms spring up across the island, supplying an increasing number of farmers’ markets and restaurants to meet consumer demand for fresher produce. Read Full Article »