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February 9, 2023

Organic Strikes Back

This article was originally published in the winter issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter. Donate today, and we’ll mail you the next issue, filled with stories you won’t find anywhere else. By Kestrel Burcham The holidays bring an abundance of organic food, but they also bring family members and friends claiming that organic...

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January 6, 2023

Passion Project

The journey of an organic juice brand By Rachel Zegerius “Uncle Matt” joined me on Zoom as a hurricane whipped rain onto the side of his office building. But that’s how fourth-generation citrus grower Matt McLean faces life and business: head on, with optimism. This characteristic has served him...

December 20, 2022

The Investigator

Deepening our watchdog work with boots on the ground Take note, organic rulebreakers: Anne Ross is returning to Cornucopia. A distinguished attorney with a track record of uncovering the truth, Ross is stepping confidently into the new role of Organic Investigator. Cornucopia’s former director of international policy, Ross gained...

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December 15, 2022

Who Owns Your Favorite Organic Brand?

The success of the organic sector has not escaped the notice of corporate giants, which have been buying up organic brands and investing serious money into getting them into your carts. Cornucopia believes you have a right to know who owns these companies. That’s why we have updated our...

December 12, 2022

Announcing the Independent Brand Project

Heard of these Independent Organic Brands? Printable PDF When it comes to grocery shopping, you want a choice — not just the illusion of one. That’s why Cornucopia has created a list of nationally available, organic-only brands that are currently independently owned. The brands in this list meet the...

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December 8, 2022

The Cultivator – Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly print newsletter, 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, view on your browser or download the PDF here. Highlights of...

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December 6, 2022

Where You Shop Matters

An excerpt from Concentration and Power in the Food System by Dr. Phil Howard Retailing is the closest link in the food chain to consumers. This structural position gives these firms a gatekeeper role, and thereby the potential to wield enormous power over both consumers and suppliers. Rigorous enforcement...

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November 22, 2022

Common Ground

A New Hampshire food hub models how community support is essential to the future of organic farms By Michele Marchetti One year after Molly Alfonso joined Vegetable Ranch, her mentor — owner and organic food champion Larry Pletcher — suddenly passed away. “I was devastated,” she recalls. “It was...

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November 4, 2022

Cornucopia in the news

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) Rule has ignited controversy from every corner of the food system. Called “too weak” by some and draconian by others, this rule will profoundly impact the market, whether or not it passes. As quoted in Food Safety News, Cornucopia Board Chair and organic...

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October 31, 2022

Report from the October 2022 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) held its fall 2022 meeting in Sacramento, California. For over a decade The Cornucopia Institute has covered these proceedings, and we continue to make this vital information about organic food production available to you. Here’s our analysis of the meeting’s highlights: Request for...

October 25, 2022

Follow Cornucopia’s Fall 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 October 25, 26, and 27 below and with our Twitter followers at #NOSB...

Mobile Coop Chickens
October 21, 2022

Cornucopia Decries Big Ag’s Efforts to Kill Animal Welfare Regulation

What industry doesn’t want you to know VIROQUA, Wis., Oct 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The long arms of Big Ag are reaching into organic. A flurry of closed-door meetings with lawmakers has drawn out the public comment period on an animal welfare rule in organic, giving the conventional food industry more...

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