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...

cattle grazing in tall grass
December 22, 2021

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,...

chart explaining how to change the food system
December 22, 2021

Our Actions Add Up

Step #1: Know Your Farmer Your food has a story to tell — your food’s packaging has a story to sell. Shoppers who look beyond marketing gimmicks to seek out the whole story behind their food can meaningfully impact their food system. Chipping away at Big Ag starts by...

October 25, 2021

The Cultivator – Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available. Download the PDF. In it you’ll find: Heartbreak and Hope: The diagnostic story of California Cloverleaf Farms Dairy Growing a Fresh Start at Rockside Ranch Savannah Stalwart & The Nonagenarian Farmer Why Breeds Matter A 40-Year Soil Study

Upcoming rules
October 22, 2021

Report from the Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting 

This week’s National Organic Standards Board meeting was lively. Dr. Jennifer Tucker, Deputy Director of the National Organic Program, announced encouraging news: The NOP will hopefully publish the final Origin of Livestock and Strengthening Organic Enforcement rules in spring 2022, with the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule to follow on their heels.  Dr. Tucker asked that oral comments avoid...

October 13, 2021

Follow Cornucopia’s NOSB Coverage

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) fall proceedings kick off at noon ET October 13 with a public comment session continuing through October 14, followed by the public meeting October 19-21. Cornucopia supplies NOSB members with independent analyses of agenda items, relying on publicly funded research and input from...

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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...

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