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...

John Bobbe and Anne Ross, J.D. LL.M.
September 5, 2019

Organic Grain Detectives Raise More Questions for the NOP

New Paper by John Bobbe and Anne Ross, J.D. LL.M.: Potential, Failures, and Pitfalls of the National Organic Program in Getting Control of Organic Grain Fraud The integrity of organic grain underpins much of organic production. It provides the grains we eat, and it feeds the organic poultry, cattle,...

The Cornucopia Institute Rates More than 100 Cottage Cheese Products in New Scorecard
September 5, 2019

The Cornucopia Institute Rates More than 100 Cottage Cheese Products in New Scorecard

Comprehensive Report Gives Consumers Valuable Tool to Decode Dairy Aisle The Cornucopia Institute, which produces science-based reports that empower consumers to make informed decisions about their food choices, recently completed an investigation into the cottage cheese industry, a re-emerging market that’s forecasted to grow nearly 10% by 2022. Its...

Origin of Livestock Rule Crawls Through Regulatory Mire
August 27, 2019

Origin of Livestock Rule Crawls Through Regulatory Mire

The crisis in organic dairy is ongoing, with many family scale organic farms barely staying afloat or already out of business. Source: Taylor Bennett, Flickr Ethical farmers believe this crisis is perpetuated by differing applications of the “origin of livestock” rules in the organic standards. And some certifiers do...

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