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Sugar Maples, a Proverbial Canary in the Changing Climate

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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 is needed.

Saving Sap
by Real Food Media

Saving Sap | 2016 Real Food Films Winner from Real Food Media on Vimeo.

A story of how climate change touches food, Saving Sap tells the tale of maple syrup tapping in New England and efforts to adapt to a warming world. Read Full Article »

Important Pet Food News

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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 this situation raises questions about the quality of their ingredients sourcing and integrity and we await the results of an ongoing FDA investigation. None of their organic products are currently a part of the recall. Read Full Article »

Down on the Farm with Tom Willey

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

July 3, 2015 at 5 p.m.
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616px-Farmer_listening_to_crystal_radioWe 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, who harvests beets artichokes, tomatoes, turnips, peppers, among a diversity of biologically grown crops on a family-owned farm in Madera.

Tom’s focus is to help listeners be as informed as possible about the foods that grace their family’s tables. Each month’s program takes a deeper look into various aspects of progressive and environmentally conscious food production taking root on San Joaquin Valley farms.

Tune in to KFCF, 88.1FM from 5:00-6:00 p.m. every first Friday of the month, or listen to the show live online at that time. Read Full Article »

Study Puts a Price on the Help that Nature Provides Agriculture

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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 that organic farming systems do a better job of capitalizing on nature’s services.

Scientists from Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States describe the research they conducted on organic and conventional farms to arrive at dollar values for natural processes that aid farming and that can substitute for costly fossil fuel-based inputs. The study appears in the journal PeerJ.

“By accounting for ecosystem services in agricultural systems and getting people to support the products from these systems around the world, we move stewardship of lands in a more sustainable direction, protecting future generations,” said Washington State University soil scientist John Reganold, one of the study’s authors. Read Full Article »

Downtown St. Louis To Sprout Its First Rooftop Farm

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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 director, Mary Ostafi, said the 10,000 sq. ft. rooftop will be more than just a community garden. “We’re going to have an outdoor classroom, as well as a gathering space for community events,” Ostafi said. “We’ll be raising chickens and tending bees.” Read Full Article »