Free Range Poultry Under Assault
August 25, 2006

Free Range Poultry Under Assault

Friends – Here’s a heads-up. The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (Big Ag) is at it again. A key policy resolution that they are pushing for this year calls on the USDA to eliminate access to the outdoors for poultry due to the avian influenza scare. The country’s largest...

Who Owns Organic
August 25, 2006

Who Owns Organic

The latest update from Professor Phil Howard. See what companies own what organic brands and how they are interconnected. This is a big file, so it may take a little time to load and display depending on your connection speed. Click here to open Who Owns Organic.

USDA Undermines Organic Law
August 22, 2006

USDA Undermines Organic Law

Authority of Expert Panel Ignored Contact: Amy Kenyon, 607-643-1724   Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 CORNUCOPIA, WI: Organic livestock farmers may soon have access to additional medicines to treat their animals for common ailments. The USDA’s National Organic Program has proposed rule changes to add thirteen new materials to the “National...

Organics Boom Sprouts Retail Rivalry
August 21, 2006

Organics Boom Sprouts Retail Rivalry

Industry leader Whole Foods has a challenger in Wal-Mart By MARIA HALKIAS The Dallas Morning News PLANO – Walter Robb studies weekly sales from every Whole Foods market nationwide, but he’s been pulling Plano store numbers more often since an experimental Wal-Mart Supercenter opened two miles away. “I’m all...

Big Retailers Want Piece of Organic Pie
August 21, 2006

Big Retailers Want Piece of Organic Pie

Wal-Mart, others hope to cash in on growing market niche; critics fear standards will drop By KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS The Dallas Morning News A NATURAL QUESTION When Wal-Mart Stores recently promised to boost the number of organic foods it stocks, the announcement sent shock waves rolling among producers and distributors...

Organic – Critics say dairy tests the boundaries and spirit of what `organic’ means
August 20, 2006

Organic – Critics say dairy tests the boundaries and spirit of what `organic’ means

By Andrew Martin Chicago Tribune – Washington Bureau (link no longer available) KENNEDYVILLE, Md. — With its neat white barns and lush green pastures, the Horizon Organic dairy farm on the outskirts of this tiny town on Maryland’s picturesque Eastern Shore would seem to fit the organic ideal. But...

Grass Created in Lab Is Found in the Wild
August 17, 2006

Grass Created in Lab Is Found in the Wild

The New York Times By ANDREW POLLACK An unapproved type of genetically engineered grass has been found growing in the wild in what scientists say could be the first instance in the United States in which a biotechnology plant has established itself outside a farm. Ecologists at the Environmental...

Nation’s Largest Organic Milk Marketer “Deceiving Consumers”
August 10, 2006

Nation’s Largest Organic Milk Marketer “Deceiving Consumers”

Legal Complaint Filed by The Cornucopia Institute at USDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608.625.2000 WASHINGTON: One of the nation’s most aggressive organic watchdogs filed a formal legal complaint today (8/10/06) against the country’s leading organic brand, Horizon, alleging a well-financed campaign to greenwash milk produced at factory...

Cornucopia Institute Requests Full USDA Investigation of Alleged Organic Violations at Texas Factory Dairy Farm
July 21, 2006

Cornucopia Institute Requests Full USDA Investigation of Alleged Organic Violations at Texas Factory Dairy Farm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 CORNUCOPIA, WISCONSIN: The Cornucopia Institute has filed a formal legal complaint with the USDA requesting a full investigation into allegations of multiple violations of federal organic regulations at the Aurora Organic Dairy, located near Dublin, Texas. With a herd of 3000—5000 animals,...

Is Organic Food the Real Deal?
July 17, 2006

Is Organic Food the Real Deal?

The USDA has strict rules regulating who can use the label, but a Dallas Morning News analysis found those standards aren’t always enforced. By PAULA LAVIGNE The Dallas Morning News (this link is no longer available) More and more shoppers are forking out extra money for organic foods to avoid...

Dairy Scorecard Released
July 17, 2006

Dairy Scorecard Released

Now Available!—“Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk,” The Cornucopia Institute’s national survey of organic products in the dairy case. The report and scorecard showcase ethical family farm producers and expose factory farm producers and brands that threaten to take over organic dairying. See which brands and dairy products are...

Possible Benefits Boost Organic Beef
July 14, 2006

Possible Benefits Boost Organic Beef

By LESTER ALDRICH Wall Street Journal Natural and organic beef is gaining in popularity among U.S. consumers, even though such beef costs more and university meat scientists say there is little evidence to prove it is healthier or safer. The philosophy behind organic beef is “to provide conditions that...

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