Organic Farmers Improve Ecosystem Services
February 20, 2019

Organic Farmers Improve Ecosystem Services

Benefiting Communities and the Planet This article was previously published in the winter issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute Source: AdobeStock The benefits that a healthy, functioning environment provides for humanity are called ecosystem services. For...

New Research Analysis Finds Glyphosate Linked to Cancer
February 19, 2019

New Research Analysis Finds Glyphosate Linked to Cancer

Cornucopia’s Take: According to a new meta-analysis, people with prolonged or high-level exposure to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Bayer/Monsanto’s Roundup) are 41% more likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The study’s authors focused on the most extreme cases of glyphosate exposure, reasoning that those would be the most likely...

Your Pesticide Levels Can Drop Dramatically by Eating All Organic
February 13, 2019

Your Pesticide Levels Can Drop Dramatically by Eating All Organic

Cornucopia’s Take: In a new study, 16 children and adults who ate only organic food for six days experienced a 60.5% reduction in the levels of common pesticides in their bodies. Although the sample was very small, the study confirms similar previous research. Criticisms of those previous studies included the...

Healthy, Nutritious, or Hype?
February 13, 2019

Healthy, Nutritious, or Hype?

Evaluating the Hot Market for Plant-Based Beverages by Anne Ross, JD Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute Source: Adobe Stock Sales of non-dairy, plant-based beverages are burgeoning. In 2010, only one-fifth of...

China Stacks Hogs to Save Land and Transportation Costs
February 11, 2019

China Stacks Hogs to Save Land and Transportation Costs

Cornucopia’s Take: The article below offers surreal imagery of hogs raised in high-rise farms. Hog waste from one such facility will be shunted to on-site waste treatment facilities before being sold to farmers as fertilizer and sprayed on nearby forests. Observers of intensive livestock management worry that the set-up...

GMO Bt Crops May Not Be as Safe as Advertised
February 8, 2019

GMO Bt Crops May Not Be as Safe as Advertised

Cornucopia’s Take: Cry toxins are highly active protein toxins originally isolated from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). They are genetically engineered into some GMO crops to perforate the gut membrane of insects that eat them. Poisoned pests stop eating and eventually die. Unfortunately, non-target animals, including monarch butterflies, swallowtail butterflies,...

Sewage Sludge on Fields Poisoning Wisconsin Water
February 6, 2019

Sewage Sludge on Fields Poisoning Wisconsin Water

Cornucopia’s Take: Sewage sludge contains toxic wastes, including pharmaceuticals, household and industrial chemicals, and heavy metals. Many industrial chemicals, including compounds called PFAS used to make heat-resistant, stain-proof, and nonstick products, are unregulated. Very small amounts of PFAS compounds have serious health implications, and recent testing has revealed dangerous...

Judge to Allow Evidence of Monsanto’s Alleged Ghostwriting at Trial
February 5, 2019

Judge to Allow Evidence of Monsanto’s Alleged Ghostwriting at Trial

Cornucopia’s Take: Edwin Hardeman, one of over 9,300 plaintiffs charging that Monsanto’s Roundup caused their cancer, has received tentatively good news. The presiding federal judge has allowed evidence pointing to Monsanto’s alleged ghostwriting of scientific research and attempts to influence regulators and scientists regarding Roundup’s safety. The order applies...

Big Ag’s Long Arms in Scientific Research
February 4, 2019

Big Ag’s Long Arms in Scientific Research

Cornucopia’s Take: As public funding for university research dwindles, industry research frequently fills the void. This means the questions researchers address are often questions Big Ag would like to see answered. Unfortunately, it also means that research performed by academics who seek to improve the health of people and...

Industrial Farming Alone Cannot Feed the World
February 1, 2019

Industrial Farming Alone Cannot Feed the World

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic farming plays an important role in sequestering carbon, building soil fertility, conserving water, providing high-nutrient food, and mitigating the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Industrial farms pump out billions of bushels of GMO corn and soy to feed sick livestock in massive CAFOs to flood...

U.S. Continues to Allow Harmful Food Additives Banned in Europe
January 31, 2019

U.S. Continues to Allow Harmful Food Additives Banned in Europe

Cornucopia’s Take: Food processors add “value” to baked goods, cereals, packaged snack foods, and other foods often in part by adding preservatives, flavorings, added vitamins and minerals, and food coloring. Some products containing additives allowed by the FDA in the U.S. have been reformulated without them for sale in...

Flowers Sweeten Nectar on Demand
January 30, 2019

Flowers Sweeten Nectar on Demand

Cornucopia’s Take: If you have ever hand-pollinated a flower, you understand the critical work of bees and other pollinators. Scientists have discovered that the sound vibration of bees’ buzzing causes the evening primrose flower to sweeten its nectar. Findings like this one open the door for more understanding of...

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