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Virtual Press Conference: Farmers Take Over Organic Certification

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Virtual press conference – farmers take over organic certification.

Posted by The Cornucopia Institute on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Cornucopia’s executive director Mark Kastel offered a short presentation and Q&A on The Cornucopia Institute’s newest report analyzing the performance of the nation’s approximately 45 domestic organic certifiers, The Gatekeepers of Organic Integrity. Read Full Article »

The Milkhouse Farmers Talk About Authentic Organic Dairying

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Cornucopia’s Take: The Real Organic Project, a farmer-driven nonprofit devoted to foundational organic values and practices, is offering videos of authentic organic farming across the country. Caitlin and Andy of The Milkhouse share their love for their cows and farming, as well as some of the issues facing small, organic dairy farms right now. The Milkhouse is rated 5 cows on Cornucopia’s Organic Dairy Scorecard, making it one of the best organic dairy brands in the country. Support family-scale farmers–for your family and theirs!

Know Your Farmer – The Milkhouse, Maine
Real Organic Project

The Milkhouse Dairy Farm and Creamery in Maine milks a small herd of 30-35 rotationally grazed cows. Due to their desire to sell their milk and yogurt to local consumers and processors in their community, they’ve recently been notified that their contract with Horizon Organics will be terminated. Listen as farmers Caitlin Frame and Andy Smith tell their story and share a glimpse of life on their farm. Read Full Article »

Is Your Organic Produce Grown Hydroponically? Mark Kastel on Facebook Live

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Watch Mark Kastel LIVE discuss hydroponics the big buck organic scam! View our report here:

Posted by The Cornucopia Institute on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Executive Director Mark Kastel explains why Cornucopia does not support the labeling of hydroponic produce as organic.

Many “organic” hydroponic producers erect massive intensive greenhouses to grow crops in water or inert planting media like conventional coco coir or peat moss mined from bogs. The plants are fed a liquid fertilizer solution that may be derived from hydrolyzed conventionally grown soybeans, unsustainable wild-caught fish, or even composted waste from grocery stores.

Authentic organic farmers carefully steward soil fertility which is known to prevent nutrient run-off, provide properly balanced nutrition for plants and animals, capture carbon in the soil, and positively cycle water in the biosphere.

Read the full report, Troubling Waters, and use the accompanying Hydroponic Buyer’s Guide to learn which brands sell produce grown using hydroponic methods.

If you share our concerns, ask your local retailer to label hydroponic “organic” produce and ensure your right to know. Sign our proxy to major retailers to make your voice heard. Read Full Article »

Mark Kastel on Facebook Live: Thank YOUR Farmer This Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Thank a Farmer

Thank an organic farmer today!

Posted by The Cornucopia Institute on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Truly organic farmers cultivate human and environmental health as well as excellent food. Cornucopia urges everyone to buy organic and thank their farmers over the holidays and throughout the year. Many organic family farmers are in crisis, barely able to keep food on their own tables, and need your patronage.

Cornucopia Executive Director Mark Kastel shares his commitment to supporting these stewards of the soil and credits organic farmers with helping him recover his personal health.

If you identify a farmer you’d like to honor when you donate to Cornucopia this giving season, we will send a card and special thanks on your behalf.

Mark Kastel on the Continuing Crisis in the Organic Dairy Industry

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Cornucopia Codirector Mark Kastel explains how each of us can support truly organic dairy farmers and supply our families with the highest quality dairy products.

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Mark Kastel LIVE talking organic dairy & our new report

Kastel live: “organic “ factory farms are crushing family farms and defrauding consumers. The antidote is Cornucopia’s organic dairy scorecard.

Posted by The Cornucopia Institute on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Our new report, The Industrialization of Organic Dairy, and Organic Dairy Scorecard empower shoppers to invest our food dollars in hard-working family farmers instead of cheap “organic” milk from massive factory farm operations. Read Full Article »