Calf_3
November 11, 2020

Recap from the National Organic Standards Board Meeting

Demystifying the policy that impacts organics farmers and consumers In the wake of massive destruction to the organic dairy marketplace, a languishing rule intended to prevent the continuous cycling of conventional livestock into organic operation will finally reappear as a second proposed rule for public comment. Reporting from the...

NoniFarm
November 11, 2020

Bearing Fruit

How a noni farmer in Hawaii found abundance in a cup of worm castings By Michele Marchetti Eighteen years ago, Steve Frailey boarded a Hawaiian Airlines flight with a suitcase brimming with 12 pounds of Indian blue worms.  Those worms play a vital role in Frailey’s 70-acre certified organic farm in Kauai, Hawaii...

NOSB Fall 2020 Meeting
October 21, 2020

Follow the Fall 2020 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 October 28, 29, and 30 below and with our Twitter followers at #NOSB...

Charlotte
October 21, 2020

A Cornucopia Homecoming

Welcoming back a nutrition and food policy expert who helped build Cornucopia A central member of the brain trust that built The Cornucopia Institute is returning as a consultant. Charlotte Vallaeys served as Cornucopia’s director of farm and food policy from 2007 to 2013, helping build Cornucopia’s culture and...

New_yogurt
October 15, 2020

Cornucopia’s Yogurt Scorecard Gets an Organic Makeover

The Cornucopia Institute’s yogurt scorecard now focuses exclusively on organic brands, the safest way to avoid toxic pesticides like chlorpyrifos. Cornucopia’s Organic Yogurt Scorecard ranks 225 varieties of organic yogurt from 29 brands. Organic yogurts that received the highest score were sourced from milk that received the highest rating...

October 8, 2020

The Quest for Parity

Tales from an Upstate New York Produce Department By Michele Marchetti In early December, as snow fell steadily on the Finger Lakes, Andrew Hernandez II (right) huddled with eight New York farmers to map out plans for the abundance that, come summer, turned GreenStar’s stores into a backdrop for...

October 1, 2020

The Cultivator – Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF. In it you’ll find: Industrial-scale Organic Exploitation South Africa’s Organic Authority Back-to-School Snacks Food Justice and GreenStar Co-op Beef Finishing Hawaiian Organic Noni

Gerritsen
September 17, 2020

Organic Farming is Rooted in Soil

The Wisdom of Wood Prairie Family Farm     by Rachel Zegerius, Co-Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute  Hardcover books, almanacs, seed catalogs, and three-ring binders spilling loose leaf papers reach skyward behind Cornucopia advisor Jim Gerritsen as...

Food Justice
September 3, 2020

Fair Food

Organic farming sustains ecological systems—of which humans play an inextricable role. But the USDA organic standards fail to address how farmers are paid or how anyone who plays a role in getting your organic food to the table is treated. In 1999, the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) was founded...

Aurora Dublin
August 20, 2020

Aurora Dairy Plans to Open Factory Housing 7,000 “Organic” Heifers

As consumers call for improved animal welfare, stewardship of the soil, and conservation of dwindling water supplies, Aurora Organic Dairy is preparing to open a heifer factory on 1,900 acres in the dry High Plains of Colorado. The feedlot will house 7,000 “organic” heifers (a young cow that hasn’t born offspring...

Organic_yogurt
August 20, 2020

Acing Back-to-School Grocery Runs

Cornucopia’s scorecards help you make the best choices for your school kids If you’re one of millions of Americans for whom back to school means getting your kid back to Zoom, the cafeteria has moved to your dining room. Even if your kids or grandkids are headed for the...

Silvopastured birds
August 5, 2020

Into the Woods

The Animal Welfare, Farming, and Consumer Benefits of Silvopasture by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute With the huge push for pastured poultry in today’s marketplace, grassy expanses marked...

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