Cows
June 4, 2021

Organic Beef Report and Scorecard Now Available

A newly published report from The Cornucopia Institute tells a story few are writing about: Underneath the dark cloud looming over the beef industry is a commendable sector that’s vital to retailers, chefs, eaters, and local farming communities. Published at the very moment magazines, restaurants, and the public are...

gunsmoke farm
May 10, 2021

Is General Mills Organic a Marketing Gimmick?

In March of 2019, when General Mills made a commitment to “advance regenerative agricultural practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030,” organic enthusiasts gasped – and we have been holding our breath ever since. No doubt these acres would include some organic production, necessary to fuel the...

Soil
May 10, 2021

Why the USDA Should Support Climate-Smart Organic Farmers

By Patrick Myers and Marie Burcham The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently stated its commitment to climate change mitigation. If true, the USDA must focus on improving and supporting authentic organic farmers—systems thinkers who farm with the ecology of the land in mind and work with natural systems...

Chris Dilley
May 7, 2021

Nourishing Community 

Building capacity for change at Kalamazoo People’s Food Co-op  An iconic mural in downtown Kalamazoo paints the picture of community: food, farming, music, intergenerational work and play. The artist was commissioned to create a scene that would proudly display the vision and values of the People’s Food Co-op (PFC), housed...

April 23, 2021

A Letter to Secretary Vilsack

Authentic organic farmer and former NOSB member Francis Thicke appeared before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) during the public comments webinar on Thursday, April 22 to share concerns regarding the integrity of the national organic standards. He was speaking on behalf of 40 former NOSB members who served...

hilltop
April 22, 2021

The Top Issues Impacting Organic Policy in 2021

The Cornucopia Institute is focused on community resilience; access to clean, nutrient-dense food; and supporting the farmers who produce organic food and contribute to the health of the planet. But there’s no rulebook for the common good. Corporations consistently erode the boundaries of organic regulations, hurting authentic organic farmers...

hydroponic lettuce
April 8, 2021

Court Defers to USDA: Soil Is Optional in Organic

On March 19 a California court delivered a gut punch to the USDA organic label, betraying the trust of consumers and demoralizing authentic organic farmers. The ruling announced by the Northern California federal district court allows soilless produce operations to remain certified organic under the law. The lawsuit filed...

spring 2021 nosb
April 7, 2021

Follow the Spring 2021 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Online

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 28, 29, and 30 below and with our Twitter followers at #NOSB...

Marshview
April 7, 2021

A Legacy of Stewardship 

Preserving Gullah farming traditions and food culture in South Carolina  Story and photo by LeeAnn Chisolm Morrissette    I met Sara’ Reynolds Green, lovingly referred to as “Mama Sara’,” and her husband Bill when I was commissioned to interview them...

Carrots
March 23, 2021

Soil Matters: Below the Surface of Authentic Organic

The Cornucopia Institute is adamant that the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) enforce the required management of the living soil. Authentic...

Spring-Cultivator-2021
March 22, 2021

The Cultivator – Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF. In it you’ll find: Cornucopia’s New Executive Director is Building Bridges Organic Policy Watch The True Cost of Industrial Beef Kalamazoo People’s Food Coop is Nourishing Community A Legacy of Stewardship in South Carolina Soil...

Comms-manager
February 3, 2021

The Cornucopia Institute is expanding its team!

The mid-level Communications Manager position will be crucial to enhancing Cornucopia’s visibility and sharing its mission and impact with the public. This remote position is ideal for someone looking to combine a heartfelt passion for organic food and farming with storytelling skills. The ideal candidate must be a willing...

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