truck
September 9, 2021

Danone Continues to Dump Horizon Farmers

The news that Danone is terminating 89 milk contracts with its Horizon brand farmers in the Northeast underscores a food system that prioritizes efficiency over resilience. Danone claims that this move will help the company meet its goal of becoming carbon positive by 2025. This is a farce. Danone...

August 11, 2021

A Spirit of Resilience at Mitchell’s Organic Blueberry Farm

By Rachel Zegerius This past Memorial Day marked the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riots. Generally known as the single worst incident of racial violence in American history, the massacre decimated the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma — once the wealthiest Black community in the United States, referred...

August 11, 2021

This Little Farm Went to the (New Moon) Market

A trip to New Moon Natural Foods in Lake Tahoe, California yields some of the best produce in a 200-mile radius. It’s also a small act of resistance. New Moon’s two locations stock their shelves with certified organic produce, exclusively. They refuse to carry Driscoll’s or other industrial organic...

July 8, 2021

The Cultivator – Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF. In it you’ll find: A Portrait of Better Beef Celebrating Berry Season The New Editor of the Cultivator The Living Soil Campaign A Spirit of Resilience Hot on the Tracks of Organic Beef Fraud

Mobile Coop Chickens
June 22, 2021

Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Redux On the Horizon

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans to reinstate the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) Rule through new rulemaking, after the previous final rule was withdrawn by the Trump administration. In his statement on June 17, 2021, USDA Secretary Vilsack noted that the new rulemaking would address the...

Dairy Calf
June 22, 2021

Origin of Livestock Rule Up for Comment — Again

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently re-opened the comment period on the 2015 Origin of Livestock rulemaking, soliciting stakeholder input on a few questions that will likely inform the rule’s next iteration. Despite the clear intent of organic law, some organic certifiers allow dairies to transition conventional cows into...

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...

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