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June 21, 2022

What the Grocery Industry Isn’t Telling You

A Conversation with Dr. Phil Howard Just a handful of companies control your food. Yes, even your organic food. Cornucopia’s director of advocacy and development, Rachel Zegerius, caught up with food system expert Dr. Phil Howard to learn more about the alarming concentration among organic food companies and brands,...

June 8, 2022

Join Cornucopia’s Board of Directors

Are you passionate about organic food and farming? Are you inspired by the immense challenges of the current moment? Are you excited to lend your skills to an evolving organization? The Cornucopia Institute is looking for committed volunteer leaders to join our dynamic board of directors. As the premier...

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June 6, 2022

A Win for Authentic Organic Dairy

Long overdue rule underscores the cost and care of raising organic calves For years after they purchased their land, and before they even welcomed their first calf, Virginia and Stacy Thomas of Clover Mountain Dairy contemplated how to thoughtfully steward calves to heifers and onto motherhood, studying old extension...

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June 2, 2022

Cornucopia Releases New Local Organic Berry Map

A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A in the US and Canada, potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries purchased in grocery stores, is yet another case for buying local: It’s easier to trust your food when you know your farmer. A new tool from The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit watchdog...

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May 26, 2022

The Cultivator – Spring/Summer 2022

The Spring/Summer 2022 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly print newsletter, is off the press. This issue is the first to feature our new design! You’ll find the same great stories and updates, but with a cleaner look! Featuring independent journalism and stories you won’t read anywhere else, the Cultivator is mailed to supporters...

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May 24, 2022

This grilling season, buy a burger you can feel good about

VIROQUA, Wis., May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit watchdog for the organic label, is helping people find better beef. More than 13,000 eaters have used its Organic Beef Scorecard to take a step away from an industrial model reliant on synthetic fertilizers. Ranking more than...

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May 6, 2022

Feed the Soil, says the NOSB

Last week, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) unanimously voted to limit the use of highly soluble nitrogen fertilizers. This is a win for authentic organic farming. “Feed the soil, not the plant” embodies the wisdom of the organic movement. Instead of relying on shortcuts, authentic organic farmers steward...

Follow Cornucopia’s Spring 2022 NOSB Coverage
April 26, 2022

Follow Cornucopia’s Spring 2022 NOSB Coverage

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via web updates and live tweets from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting online. We will be sharing the play by play of the meeting on April 26, 27, and 28 below and with our Twitter followers at #NOSB...

Cows running through a pasture
March 30, 2022

Origin of Livestock: A Step Toward Organic Integrity

After decades of pressure from Cornucopia and its colleagues in organics, USDA is moving forward with the long-overdue final rule on Origin of Livestock. The final rule underscores a key value of authentic organic dairy: the cost and care necessary to raise organic calves on farms. Unbeknownst to many...

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March 16, 2022

Hope and Hypocrisy: An Update on Northeast Organic Dairy

Pointing to a decade’s loss of 100,000 small family farms, Organic Valley recently announced a plan that will hopefully distance 80 Northeast organic dairy farms from that bleak statistic. Organic Valley is offering those 80 farms, most of which were deserted by Danone in its quest for improved financial...

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January 15, 2022

Behind the Scenes of the Policy Desk

An update from Policy Director Marie Burcham, JD Even though it is not always front and center, policy undergirds Cornucopia’s work. Policies steer legislative outcomes, and we carefully follow the agricultural strategies of each administration. Climate Policy President Biden’s Executive Order, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,...

December 23, 2021

The Cultivator – Winter 2021

The Winter 2021 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly print showcase, is off the press. Featuring independent journalism and stories you won’t read anywhere else; the Cultivator is mailed to supporters as a benefit of their gift. For a look at what supporters receive, download the PDF here. Highlights of this issue...

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