Video Gallery Archive

Mark Kastel on Facebook Live: USDA Reapproves Carrageenan, Betrays Public Trust, and Ignores Own Advisory Board

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Codirector Mark Kastel describes the history and process of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), as well as recent disturbing developments in USDA oversight of the NOSB. The NOSB voted to disallow carrageenan, an additive known to cause intestinal inflammation, in organic production beginning this year.

Carrageenan is used as an emulsifier, a thickener, and to improve “mouth-feel” of products—meaning to make watery products, like plant-based beverages, taste creamy. It is not essential to the production of any product on the market, as evidenced by the number of companies that have been able to remove it from their formulas.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has interceded on behalf of industry lobbyists and reapproved carrageenan, betraying the public trust and the recommendations from the NOSB.

Many of us seek out organic food as the last bastion of safety for our families, and this confidence is being compromised. Watch the video below to understand more:

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Organic Farmers Protest the USDA’s Attempts to Redefine ‘Organic’

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Cornucopia’s Take: Farmers across the country have rallied to protest soil-less production, livestock confinement practices, and fraudulent organic grain imports by outfits that continue to label their products ‘organic’ with the tacit approval of the National Organic Standards Board and the USDA. As our Senior Scientist Dr. Linley Dixon states at the beginning of this video, “The frustrating thing…is that organic policy makers don’t know what ‘organic’ is anymore.” Watch the video to find out what real organic farmers are doing about it.
(Note: This video contains brief language which may be objectionable to some viewers)

The Rallies to Protect Organic
by The Real Organic Project

Organic farmer David Chapman describes the efforts by farmers and eaters across the country to protect the integrity of the organic seal from corporate interests seeking to water down the standards and redefine what it means to be organic. Read Full Article »

2017 in Review and the Coming Year

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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Cornucopia Codirector, Mark Kastel, gave a report on some of Cornucopia’s accomplishments for 2017 and a forecast for 2018.
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Mark Kastel on the Two Organic Labels

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

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Cornucopia Codirector, Mark Kastel, gave a briefing on the growing organic divide on Facebook Live this afternoon.

We are increasingly seeing the rise of two organics. One is promulgated by big corporations, with weaker standards and potentially suspect ingredients—all facilitated by a compliant USDA—behind the cloak of secrecy. The other organic holds true to the founding precepts and is practiced by local farmers and a group of still independently owned brands following the spirit and letter of organic law. Read Full Article »

VIDEO: Sick Cows/Sick People – The Grass-fed Antidote

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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Do you know where your beef comes from? Almost all of the beef available in supermarkets across the country comes from sick cows.

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Consumers should be aware, greenwashing tactics are common with grass-fed labeling. A simple “grass-fed” label without any other qualifiers can just mean that the product was derived from livestock that received some portion of its diet from grass. That animal could have still received some grain, and may have been completely “finished” on grain, which negates many of the health benefits associated with prior grass feeding. However, a label with “100% grass-fed” language should close this loophole, due to basic laws regarding truthfulness in food labeling.

Learn more about organic, grass-fed and conventional beef.

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