Cornucopia Shares Pasture Survey Results With NOSB
June 10, 2005

Cornucopia Shares Pasture Survey Results With NOSB

To: National Organic Standards Board c/o Arthur Neil Room 4008–South Building 1400 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC, 20250-0001 From: The Cornucopia Institute Re: Support of the NOSB’s draft pasture guidance document Date: May 20, 2005 Dear NOSB Members, On behalf of The Cornucopia Institute, our Board of Directors, staff,...

Organic Community Sends Clear Signal to “Renegade” Factory Farms
March 4, 2005

Organic Community Sends Clear Signal to “Renegade” Factory Farms

WASHINGTON, DC: Organic dairy farmers from throughout the country descended on the nation’s capital last week in a show of solidarity requesting a USDA crackdown on large industrial dairy farms producing “organic” milk. The farmers present, along with over 8000 submitted comments from consumers and other organic producers, prompted...

Panel Seeks To Put Organic Loophole Out To Pasture
March 2, 2005

Panel Seeks To Put Organic Loophole Out To Pasture

Wed, Mar. 02, 2005 By Andrew Martin Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON – (KRT) – Henry Perkins, an organic dairy farmer from Maine, brought a sign to Washington that read “Let Them Eat Grass.” On Wednesday, after two days of debate, a federal advisory panel on the organic industry took Perkins’...

Dean/Horizon Feedlot Dairy Accused of Masquerading as an Organic Farm
February 16, 2005

Dean/Horizon Feedlot Dairy Accused of Masquerading as an Organic Farm

CORNUCOPIA, WISCONSIN: The Cornucopia Institute filed two formal complaints today with the USDA’s Office of Compliance asking them to initiate investigations into alleged violations of the federal organic law by factory farms operating in Idaho and California. At issue are fundamental organic livestock management practices that require ruminants, including...

Organic Manure Hits the Fan in Washington
February 5, 2005

Organic Manure Hits the Fan in Washington

CORNUCOPIA, WISCONSIN: The Cornucopia Institute, on January 10th, filed a formal complaint with the USDA’s National Organic Program asking them to initiate an investigation into alleged violations of the federal organic law by a factory farm operating in Colorado. At issue is whether it is legal to confine cows...

USDA Feels the Heat in Response to Organic Pasture Controversy
January 12, 2005

USDA Feels the Heat in Response to Organic Pasture Controversy

CORNUCOPIA, WISCONSIN:The USDA’s National Organic Program immediately responded to sharp criticism from the organic community alleging that, through complacency, they were allowing large factory farms to produce organic milk while skirting the legal requirement that the cows have access to pasture as a fundamental part of their feed source.The...

The Cornucopia Institute Alleges Factory Farms Violating Federal Organic Law
January 10, 2005

The Cornucopia Institute Alleges Factory Farms Violating Federal Organic Law

CORNUCOPIA, WISCONSIN: The Cornucopia Institute, today, filed a formal complaint with the USDA’s National Organic Program asking them to initiate an investigation into alleged violations of the federal organic law by a factory farm operating in Colorado. At issue is whether it is legal to confine cows in an...

Letter to the Editor from Anna Blythe Lappe
December 28, 2004

Letter to the Editor from Anna Blythe Lappe

Letter to the Editor from Anna Blythe Lappé, Small Planet Institute A good friend of Cornucopia, Anna Blythe Lappé, Food and Society Policy Fellow, WK Kellogg Foundation and Founding Principal, Small Planet Institute takes one of the most relentless, and ideologically unwavering, critics of organic food, Alex Avery, to...

Organic: Corporate Control/Corporate Ownership Tracking the Shifting Sands of the Organic Industry
September 11, 2004

Organic: Corporate Control/Corporate Ownership Tracking the Shifting Sands of the Organic Industry

By Mark Kastel A thought-provoking question came in from an astute observer of the natural foods industry regarding my article in the July/August Cooperative Grocer: “Reclaiming the True Meaning of Organic.” She wanted to know about some of the corporate ownership stakes in familiar organic brands. Are megacorporations, including...

Study Confirms Safety of Organic Food But Agrichemical Front Group Attempts to Twist Findings
June 15, 2004

Study Confirms Safety of Organic Food But Agrichemical Front Group Attempts to Twist Findings

The same right-wing think tank that conspired with John Stossel of ABC News, in an erroneous attempt to discredit organic food (subsequently forcing an apology from the network), is at it again. The Hudson Institute, and its father and son team of Dennis and Alex Avery, are attempting to...

Value Of  ‘organic’ Label Debated
June 14, 2004

Value Of ‘organic’ Label Debated

By Mary Bergin The Capital Times The “100 percent organic” label is the federal government’s way of defining product purity, but not all organic farmers say it’s worth the work or expense to obtain.

USDA Secretary Veneman Pulls Organic Food Directives But Major Program Reform Still Needed
May 26, 2004

USDA Secretary Veneman Pulls Organic Food Directives But Major Program Reform Still Needed

At a news conference this morning USDA Secretary Ann Veneman announced that the agency is withdrawing its recent policy directives clarifying certain organic food production standards. The move comes amidst a rising tide of criticism from organic food producers, consumers and marketers who viewed the directives as a weakening...

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