May 5, 2020

Between the Clouds and Seas: Working to Cool the Planet

By Melody Morrell, Operations Director   As a grandmother, I pay careful attention to what my family eats. I grow nutrient-dense produce in my garden, and I seek out authentic, certified organic food from local farmers whenever...

April 21, 2020

Follow the Spring 2020 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Online

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via web updates and live tweets from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting online. We will be sharing the play by play of public comments on April 21 and 23 and the meeting itself on April 29 and 30...

April 20, 2020

Natural Prairie Dairy and Texas Department of Agriculture Continue to Act with Impunity

The National Organic Program (NOP) has closed The Cornucopia Institute’s formal complaint regarding alleged violations of the organic standards by Natural Prairie Dairy and their organic certifier, Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Cornucopia submitted the complaint in response to egregious animal welfare abuses and violations of the organic standards...

April 14, 2020

Reflections from Farmers and Good Food Advocates

I am a vegetable farmer who has been running my farm for 30 years. Every time I have planted a seed in the last 2 weeks, I’ve felt that it is an act of faith and hope. I’m also scared. Where will I sell my food? How will I...

March 10, 2020

New Lawsuit Aims to Remove Soilless Crop Production Systems from Organic

A coalition of organic farmers, certifiers, and NGOs recently sued the USDA for denying a 2019 petition to prohibit hydroponic operations from organic certification. Plaintiffs include the Center for Food Safety (CFS), OneCert, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and some of the longest-standing organic farms in the...

March 10, 2020

Land Stewardship Project: Build Soil to Capture Carbon and Encourage Climate Health

A recently released white paper written by George Boody of the Land Stewardship Project, Farming to Capture Carbon and Address Climate Change through Building Soil, unearths the ways agriculture can help address climate issues. Studying farmer experiences and reviewing literature, Boody concluded that well-managed grazing systems for ruminant livestock...

March 2, 2020

A Chicken in Every Pot

How Industrial Poultry Made the Cornish Cross a Consumer Staple  by Rachel Zegerius, Co-Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Ferreting through my family’s old photos, cards, and keepsakes this holiday, I exhumed...

February 20, 2020

Visit Us at MOSES, February 27 – 29

Cornucopia staff is packing our bags, mapping our routes, and combing through the conference schedule in anticipation of this year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference. The country’s largest gathering of organic and sustainable farmers draws more than 3,000 people to La Crosse, Wisconsin for educational workshops, inspiring speakers, a two-floor...

February 19, 2020

Cornucopia’s Anne Ross, JD Interviewed About Organic Fraud

Cornucopia’s director of international policy Anne Ross continues to gain recognition for her investigation into fraudulent organic imports on behalf of organic farmers and consumers. Before and during her presentation at the 40th anniversary EcoFarm Conference, Ross participated in two podcasts that amplified her cogent, accessible voice to listeners...

February 19, 2020

Taking Back ‘Regenerative’

What Consumers Need To Know Regenerative is the new sustainable. It’s a word that’s simultaneously powerful and completely meaningless—a signifier of innovation employed by truly organic farmers and a ploy to deceive consumers concerned about agriculture’s ecological footprint. The Cornucopia Institute is particularly concerned with messaging on regenerative practices...

Industrial Chicken Production
February 5, 2020

For the Birds: Cornucopia Details the Industrial Takeover of Organic Poultry and What It Means for Consumers

New report uncovers empty assurances of big organic poultry brands and implores consumers to buy from authentic organic farmers A newly published report by The Cornucopia Institute uncovers troubling poultry farming and production practices represented as organic under the USDA seal. For the Birds: How to Recognize Authentic Organic...

Cultivator - Winter 2019
January 29, 2020

The Cultivator – Winter 2019

The winter 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online.

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