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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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Finding the Best Food at Your Local Farmers Market

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Join Cornucopia’s cofounder at his local farmers market in Viroqua, Wisconsin, searching for the best certified organic and non-certified local food. In this short video he explains the benefits of shopping locally and why you seek out certified organic farmers first, and then use Cornucopia’s new DIY Certification Guide to ask non-certified farmers educated questions about their growing methods.

Viroqua, in Vernon County, Wisconsin has a vibrant market. It’s thought there are more organic farmers in Vernon County in any county in the United States.

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Remote Working Means More Support for Food and Farm Mission

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Since its founding 14 years ago, Cornucopia has been virtually officed. Although we have a volunteer who distributes mail, a board member, and farmer-members in the Cornucopia, Wisconsin area, our staff work from home offices across the country. Cornucopia’s cofounders and key staff live and work in the upper Midwest, Colorado, Oregon, and Maine, while our newest policy analyst, an attorney with training in agricultural law, resides in California.

This allows Cornucopia to better utilize contributions to support our mission upholding the integrity of organic and local food and farming, rather than for occupancy and overhead expenses related to physical office space. It also eliminates commuting, which is beneficial for the environment, and allows staff to spend more time with their families and communities. Most importantly, being virtually officed has helped us conduct nationwide recruitment campaigns that have resulted in a uniquely qualified, talented, and passionate staff who are truly dedicated to supporting economic justice for family-scale farms across the country.

Video: Telecommuters leave the car at home, and work from home, too
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
by Rick Barrett

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