The Power of the Pesticide Industry
May 9, 2019

The Power of the Pesticide Industry

The article from the Washington Post, below, highlights how much sway the pesticide industry has in the U.S. government, regardless of the administration in power. Not only do chemical companies hold lobbying power, they also have had a role in drafting the laws that are supposed to regulate their...

Not Your Grandma’s Curds and Whey
May 6, 2019

Not Your Grandma’s Curds and Whey

Cottage Cheese, the Dairy Delight Said to be Making a Comeback by Anne Ross, JD Director of International Policy at The Cornucopia Institute In the early 1970s, the average American ate five pounds of...

Factory “Organic” Causes Dairy Surplus
May 3, 2019

Factory “Organic” Causes Dairy Surplus

Making It Hard for Small Family Farms to Survive by Marie Burcham, JD Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Patty and Brian Wilson own a 600-acre farm in Vermont where, with the...

Amid Public Outcry, NOP Backpedaled on Glyphosate Use by “Organic” Hydroponic Operations
May 2, 2019

Amid Public Outcry, NOP Backpedaled on Glyphosate Use by “Organic” Hydroponic Operations

Offered No Further Clarity at the Spring 2019 NOSB Meeting At the recent spring National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Seattle, Washington, organic stakeholders shared their incredulity and frustration regarding disturbing statements made by National Organic Program (NOP) Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker, brought to light in April by...

The Cultivator – Spring 2019
May 1, 2019

The Cultivator – Spring 2019

The spring 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online.

Organics’ Relationship to Climate Change
April 30, 2019

Organics’ Relationship to Climate Change

by Marie Burcham, JD Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Introduction Discussing soil health at Vilicus Farms in MT Source: USDA, Flickr People choose organic food over conventional food for many reasons. Organic products are nutrient-dense and have fewer pesticide and other toxic chemical residues than conventional...

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Seattle, WA #NOSB
April 24, 2019

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Seattle, WA #NOSB

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via live tweet and web updates from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Seattle, WA April 24-26. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following...

Spring 2019 NOSB Meeting – Webinars: April 17 & 18
April 18, 2019

Spring 2019 NOSB Meeting – Webinars: April 17 & 18

Cornucopia policy staff members attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinars on April 17 and 18, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Our notes from this meeting are below. Wednesday, April 17 Fourteen NOSB members present: Source: Alan Clark, Flickr Harriet Behar (January 2016 –...

Cornucopia is Looking for a Development and Communications Director!
April 17, 2019

Cornucopia is Looking for a Development and Communications Director!

The Cornucopia Institute is seeking candidates for its Development and Communications Director position.  Applicants for this position should possess fundraising and member stewardship expertise and an ability to oversee the organization’s communications efforts. A heartfelt passion for protecting the environment, the good food movement, human health, humane livestock husbandry,...

Cornucopia’s Updated Core Values
April 16, 2019

Cornucopia’s Updated Core Values

Cornucopia staff and board members are grateful for the outpouring of kind and encouraging words from our supporters during this time of transition. We and our members remain dedicated to the important work before us as watchdogs of the organic industry. Our energized staff members have co-authored a list...

“Organic” Hydroponic Operations Allowed to Spray Glyphosate on the Soil
April 11, 2019

“Organic” Hydroponic Operations Allowed to Spray Glyphosate on the Soil

With No Soil to Certify, They Can Contaminate the Earth and Sell Faux-ganic Produce to Unsuspecting Consumers “Organic” hydroponic production is a form of factory farming: the ground is leveled, compacted, and often covered with plastic, while plant roots bathe in synthetic nutrients or are supported by sterile substrates...

Missing: The Organic Label
April 11, 2019

Missing: The Organic Label

How Cornucopia’s DIY Certification Guide helps you determine which farms provide the best food in the absence of organic labeling Spring marks the return of fresh eggs, colorful produce, and more diverse offerings at farmers markets and CSAs. Signs and advertisements make many claims about production methods, but it...

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