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...

Alleged Animal Abuse at Known “Factory Organic” Dairy Under Watch of Texas Department of Agriculture
August 21, 2019

Alleged Animal Abuse at Known “Factory Organic” Dairy Under Watch of Texas Department of Agriculture

Cornucopia files formal legal complaint, encourages consumers to rebuke the false marketing of factory organic brands Natural Prairie Dairy operation Image from Cornucopia’s 2014 Flyover Investigation Natural Prairie Dairy, one of the first “organic” dairies to employ industrial stocking practices, recently...

South American Grain Fraud Allegations Draw Industry Scrutiny
August 20, 2019

South American Grain Fraud Allegations Draw Industry Scrutiny

Cornucopia has long called on the USDA to stop fraudulent organic grain imports from crossing U.S. borders. Cases of fraudulent organic grain imports originating from Eastern Europe are well documented, as is the USDA’s failure to expeditiously investigate and impose penalties on bad actors intent on defrauding American farmers...

The Crisis in Organic Dairy
August 18, 2019

The Crisis in Organic Dairy

Consumers Unite! by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute and Melody Morrell, Operations Director Source: AdobeStock Family-scale organic dairies are struggling to make ends meet. Many have already lost...

Cornucopia is Seeking an Executive Director
July 31, 2019

Cornucopia is Seeking an Executive Director

The Cornucopia Institute is is seeking candidates for its Executive Director position. Cornucopia acts as an organic industry watchdog protecting organics and alternative marketing mechanisms allowing farmers and consumers to connect. We seek to defend the integrity of the organic food label from governmental regulatory indifference as well as...

GMO-Friendly USDA Ogling Organic
July 25, 2019

GMO-Friendly USDA Ogling Organic

Under Secretary’s Testimony Opens Discussion to “Enhance Organic Production” USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach recently made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee suggesting it is time to discuss the possible allowance of gene editing methods within organic production. USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach Source: USDA, Flickr Ibach’s words are...

EPA Betrays Public Trust, Refuses to Ban Harmful Pesticide
July 23, 2019

EPA Betrays Public Trust, Refuses to Ban Harmful Pesticide

Chlorpyrifos is a widely-used pesticide with a trail of evidence of harm to children’s brain development. Prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos is known to reduce gray matter in fetuses and subsequently to lower IQs in children. EPA research has confirmed this danger, and the chemical was slated to be banned...

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