Village Farms Hydroponic Operation
November 8, 2019

What the National Organic Program Doesn’t Say Is Telling

At the October National Organic Standards Board Meeting, National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Chair Harriet Behar identified several troubling issues that have plagued the organic program in recent years. These issues included the languishing origin of livestock, pasture, and native ecosystems rules, and the certification of hydroponic production in...

Bare Soil
November 6, 2019

Commercial Agriculture Research Finds Chemicals Are Better for the Environment?

You may have seen the study suggesting that organic agriculture actually creates more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional agriculture. The Cornucopia Institute has observed research on this topic often comes from an industrial agriculture viewpoint. For more on this issue, read “Big Ag’s Long Arms in Scientific Research.”

Follow the NOSB Meeting, Fall 2019
October 23, 2019

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA #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 Pittsburgh, PA October 23-25th. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following...

Jonathan Rosenthal, Interim ED
October 18, 2019

The Cornucopia Institute Hires Jonathan Rosenthal as Interim Executive Director

The Cornucopia Institute is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jonathan Rosenthal as the new Interim Executive Director.  With this hire, Cornucopia is moving confidently to evolve into a more sustainable, relevant, and powerful voice in the good food movement. Rosenthal will shepherd the organization through a just, transparent,...

Phone in Hands
October 18, 2019

Fall 2019 NOSB Meeting – Webinars: October 15 & 17

Cornucopia’s director of domestic policy, Marie Burcham, JD, attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinars on October 15 and 17, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Our notes from this meeting are below. Tuesday, October 15 NOSB members present: Harriet Behar (January 2016 – January...

Fall 2019 Cultivator
October 10, 2019

The Cultivator – Fall 2019

The fall 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF here. In it you’ll find: Bird by Bird Import Fraud Conventional Soy Damages the Environment Gatekeepers of Organic Integrity Good Tilth Toxins Found in Conventional Milk Co-creative Culture

Weatherbury Mill
October 8, 2019

Renaissance Family

The Prevailing Winds of Weatherbury Farm by Rachel Zegerius, Assistant Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Nestled in the tightly woven hills of the Washington Valley, 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,...

October 8, 2019

Certifying Small Farms

The Challenges and How Consumers Can DIY Farmers markets are in full swing. Whenever possible, we urge consumers to support certified organic farm vendors first. But not all small-scale farmers choose to certify. To help...

October 4, 2019

USDA Secretary Perdue Betrays His Disdain for Family-Scale Farmers Again

USDA Secretary Perdue made comments at the World Dairy Expo this week that have inflamed family-scale dairy producers across the country: Small dairies and other family-scale farms support rural areas with food and local investment. They are a critical part of the fabric of the rural United States. Many...

Mother and Child at Grocery Store
October 2, 2019

What’s In Your Pantry?

Cornucopia Wants to Know  by Anne Ross, JD, Director of International Policy at The Cornucopia Institute For Cornucopia’s team, every workday reminds us of our mission to safeguard organic integrity. This mission is built on...

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed
September 26, 2019

A Decline in Biodiversity

Signals Danger for Native Pollinators  by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Pollinators are essential to nature, food production, and the future of our planet as we know it. They...

Nutritional Benefits of Pasture-Raised Food
September 24, 2019

Nutritional Benefits of Pasture-Raised Food

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) recently unveiled new materials that showcase the benefits of pasture-raised livestock and poultry, including how pasturing improves animal welfare and soil health. They also highlight studies that show pasturing produces meat, milk, and eggs with superior nutrition when compared with conventionally raised livestock. The...

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