Sugar Maples, a Proverbial Canary in the Changing Climate

Cornucopia’s Take: As our climate changes, many species are disappearing from their native habitat, and sugar maples are one that is in danger. Sap farmers are tapping other trees for syrup now, including the more hardy red maple. Many people are planning adaptations to the changing climate, and more study and discussion on the subject… Read more »

Important Pet Food News

In light of the recent discovery of pentobarbital (a drug used for euthanasia ) in select lots of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef dog food, Cornucopia has temporarily suspended the Evanger’s rating on our Pet Food Guide, pending further investigation. While this brand did meet our initial criteria for a very positive rating, we feel that… Read more »

Down on the Farm with Tom Willey

July 3, 2015 at 5 p.m. KFCF, 88.1 FM: Listen live here We must consider it a scientific fact that you are what you eat. The same molecules that make up the food we consume become those of our minds and bodies. “Down on the Farm” is hosted by California Certified Organic Farmer Tom Willey,… Read more »

Study Puts a Price on the Help that Nature Provides Agriculture

Washington State University News by Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences Source: Fair Share Farm in Kearney, MO PULLMAN, Wash. – A team of international scientists has shown that assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment. The study confirms… Read more »

Downtown St. Louis To Sprout Its First Rooftop Farm

St. Louis Public Radio by Véronique LaCapra East Collegiate rooftop garden in Toronto Source: Karen Stintz St. Louis will soon have its first rooftop farm. Urban Harvest STL signed a lease for the space this week on the roof of a two-story building a couple of blocks east of the City Museum. The non-profit’s founding… Read more »

How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

Independent Science News by Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra Soybeans Credit: USDA NRCS Food and feed quality are crucial to human and animal health. Quality can be defined as sufficiency of appropriate minerals, vitamins and fats, etc. but it also includes the absence of toxins, whether man-made or from other sources. Surprisingly, almost no data exist… Read more »

Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

The New York Times by Edward Wong CHENJIAWAN, China — The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are… Read more »

Big Organic Cries “Foul!” in Wake of Weekly Story on Earthbound Sale to WhiteWave.

Monterey County Weekly By Mark C. Anderson First born-in-Carmel Valley mom-and-pop Earthbound Farm sold to WhiteWave for $600 million. That was last Monday. I promptly wondered if that was good (organic for everyone!), bad (corporate control of organic giants can’t be healthy) or a bit of both. “Organic going big business and mainstream is bittersweet… Read more »

Nation’s Largest Organic Seed Conference to Take Place in Corvallis, Oregon

Organic Seed Alliance By Cathleen McCluskey Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), with co-hosts Washington State University, Oregon State University, and eOrganic, will hold its 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, OR, from January 30 – February 1, 2014. The conference begins with a full-day tour of seed enterprises in the Willamette Valley, home to a… Read more »