Cornucopia’s Investigative Findings on Import Fraud Confirmed
April 10, 2019

Cornucopia’s Investigative Findings on Import Fraud Confirmed

Cornucopia’s Take: Last year, Cornucopia publicized the identity of multi-billion dollar agribusinesses and their affiliates, located in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, which have been connected to grain imports of questionable organic status. The article from Organic-Market, below, credits Cornucopia with uncovering organic grain fraud and chronicles the...

NOP Allows Glyphosate in “Organic” Hydroponic Production
April 9, 2019

NOP Allows Glyphosate in “Organic” Hydroponic Production

Cornucopia’s Take: The Real Organic Project has brought to light a shocking practice in large-scale, “organic,” hydroponic production. Many of these facilities are being built on land that has been compacted and doused with herbicides, including glyphosate. While the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) uncomfortably insists that this practice...

Cornucopia Change in Leadership
March 30, 2019

Cornucopia Change in Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Cornucopia Institute’s Board of Directors would like to thank Mark Kastel for nearly 15 years leading the organization. His foresight, dedication, and guidance have been instrumental in building Cornucopia into the preeminent organic watchdog and champion for family scale organic farming. As one of The...

Who Certifies Livestock Factories and Hydroponic Operations and What Does It Pay?
March 20, 2019

Who Certifies Livestock Factories and Hydroponic Operations and What Does It Pay?

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia has heard from organic farmers and businesses who have asked their certifiers for a moratorium on hydroponics and to identify fraudulent dairies and egg operations. Cornucopia’s infographic, A Perfect Picture of Corruption, shows an example of the some of these conflicts of interest. The organic food...

New Report Puts Farmers Back in Charge of Organic Certification
March 14, 2019

New Report Puts Farmers Back in Charge of Organic Certification

USDA Has “Willfully Failed” on Congressional Mandate to Prevent Fraud When farmers lobbied Congress to pass the Organic Foods Production Act in 1990, their intention was to create a level playing field in the market and to affirm the credibility of organic labeling in the eyes of consumers. Unfortunately,...

One Organic Dairy Diversifies to Remain Afloat
March 12, 2019

One Organic Dairy Diversifies to Remain Afloat

Cornucopia’s Take: Creativity and diversification may help some organic dairy farmers keep their doors open. The farm in the story below has been able to take advantage of its proximity to major cities. While urban sprawl has meant the death of many farm operations, it seems to be saving...

Farm Bill Contains Funding Boost for Organic Integrity
March 8, 2019

Farm Bill Contains Funding Boost for Organic Integrity

Cornucopia’s Take: The article by OFARM’s John Bobbe below was originally published in The Milkweed. Bobbe is a strong ally in stopping the flow of fraudulent organic imports into the U.S. He has recently retired from OFARM, but he assures us he will continue to work on these important...

The Dairy Crisis Continues to Deepen
March 7, 2019

The Dairy Crisis Continues to Deepen

Cornucopia’s Take: Wisconsin lost nearly two dairies a day in 2018, most of them family farms. As factory farm “organic” dairies continue to grow their operations, ethical organic farmers continue to lose their footholds as well. Use Cornucopia’s Dairy Scorecard to choose the best milk, cheese, butter, and other...

Faith in Farming
March 6, 2019

Faith in Farming

Finding a Way of Life on Windy Acres Farm by Jason Cole, Research Associate at The Cornucopia Institute Photo courtesy of Windy Acres Farm What is the meaning and purpose of work? Is it...

Four Cash Crops Take Up Half of Global Farmland
February 28, 2019

Four Cash Crops Take Up Half of Global Farmland

Cornucopia’s Take: Although more kinds of crops are now grown than in the 1970s, almost half of all farmland in the world  currently produces wheat, corn, soy, or rice. Monocultures are notoriously vulnerable to pests, disease, and increasingly wild swings in precipitation and temperature. Biodiversity improves the resilience of...

Real Organic Project Symposium, March 2 at Dartmouth College
February 26, 2019

Real Organic Project Symposium, March 2 at Dartmouth College

Cornucopia’s colleagues at the Real Organic Project are hosting a symposium at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on March 2. You will hear many passionate speakers from across the fields of farming, policy, science, and activism offer their takeaways and ideas for action regarding the many challenges and opportunities facing organic...

Dropping Flies: Over 30% of Insects Now Endangered
February 21, 2019

Dropping Flies: Over 30% of Insects Now Endangered

Cornucopia’s Take: Insect mass is declining by 2.5% annually. They pollinate plants, recycle waste, and provide food for many species, and humans cannot live without their various ecosystem services. More insects can be observed on organic farms than conventional or GMO farms. Deforestation, pesticide use, and other changes to...

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