Save Family Farms, Save America
May 3, 2006

Save Family Farms, Save America

By Willie Nelson As one of the founders of Farm Aid, I have watched with admiration and a good amount of satisfaction the growth of what many now call the “Good Food Movement” — the growing interest in and demand for organic, humanely-raised and family farm-identified food that is...

Corporate Ethics in the Organic Marketplace
May 2, 2006

Corporate Ethics in the Organic Marketplace

A Profile of Eden Foods Striving to eat locally can often hit a wall when we yearn to spice things up a bit, but wasabi, tamari, plum paste and sea vegetables, even grains and flours haven’t exactly made their way into our local production system. Fortunately, one Michigan-based company...

How Now, Organic Cow?
April 19, 2006

How Now, Organic Cow?

ALEX PULASKI The Oregonian MONMOUTH — Jon Bansen unleashes a long call into a biting wind, his eyes scanning across rolling green hillsides dotted with bare oaks. For long seconds he has no answer. Then they come: curious Jersey heifers by the dozen, trotting toward him over wet spring...

New Surveys Project Drop in Organic Milk Market …
April 17, 2006

New Surveys Project Drop in Organic Milk Market …

If Federal Agency Fails to Fix Pasture Standards CONTACT: Urvashi Rangan ; Charles Margulis Washington DC–As the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gets ready to hold a hearing on the issue, national surveys from The Center for Food Safety and Consumers Union (CU) project a significant drop...

Organic Watchdog Sues USDA
April 13, 2006

Organic Watchdog Sues USDA

Cornucopia Institute Seeks Records on Lack of Organic Food Standards Enforcement Contact: Will Fantle, 715-839-7731   Gary Cox, 614-233-4850 CORNUCOPIA, WI: The Cornucopia Institute has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to compel the USDA to provide public records sought through several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests....

Dairy Debate
April 12, 2006

Dairy Debate

USDA investigation into local company puts spotlight on fight over organic labeling By Ben Ready The Longmont Daily Times-Call PLATTEVILLE — Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are formally investigating a local dairy after receiving complaints last year from a Wisconsin farming activist group made up of organic...

Study Finds More Good Fats in Grass-fed Beef and Pastured Dairy Products
March 16, 2006

Study Finds More Good Fats in Grass-fed Beef and Pastured Dairy Products

Pasture Production Better for the Environment, Higher in Omega-3 Fatty Acids than Conventional Beef and Milk The Union of Concerned Scientists has released the first comprehensive study that confirms that beef and milk from animals raised entirely on pasture have higher levels than conventionally raised beef and dairy cattle...

New Studies Back Benefits of Organic Diet
March 7, 2006

New Studies Back Benefits of Organic Diet

Published on Saturday, March 4, 2006 by the Inter Press Service by Stephen Leahy TORONTO, Canada—Organic foods protect children from the toxins in pesticides, while foods grown using modern, intensive agricultural techniques contain fewer nutrients and minerals than they did 60 years ago, according to two new scientific studies....

Investors Challenge Dean Foods’ Approach to Organics
March 3, 2006

Investors Challenge Dean Foods’ Approach to Organics

Investment in Factory Farms Questioned NEW YORK: Socially concerned investors have filed a shareholder proposal asking Dean Foods to report to shareholders how it is responding to widespread concern that industrial-scale organic dairies, supplying milk for its Horizon brand, violate consumer trust, seriously jeopardizing share value. The shareholder proposal...

Are There Human Genes in Your Food?
March 1, 2006

Are There Human Genes in Your Food?

Trudy Bialic Guest Columnist seattlepi.nwsource.com Ask the people around you if they want experimental drugs and industrial chemicals in their food or beer—without their knowledge or consent. Chances are they’ll say no. Then tell them experiments that could make that happen are occurring right here in Washington state.

Newsletter Corrections:
February 23, 2006

Newsletter Corrections:

For those members who recently received our February newsletter, we would like to note two corrections. The profile of Cornucopia board member Helen Kees incorrectly identified her secondary market for beef cattle as the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool. After the cooperative expanded its scope a few years ago...

Eco-Farming ‘Helps World’s Poor’
February 23, 2006

Eco-Farming ‘Helps World’s Poor’

Sustainable farming methods can help the poorest farmers in developing nations out of poverty, new research suggests. By Mark Kinver BBC News science and nature reporter Scientists found that techniques such as crop rotation and organic farming increased crop yields by an average of 79%, without risking future harvests....

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