Corporate-Dominated Lobby Group Attacks Organic Watchdog
February 7, 2006

Corporate-Dominated Lobby Group Attacks Organic Watchdog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000 CORNUCOPIA, WI: The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is seeking to suppress the release of a new report rating the nation’s organic dairy brands and products. The report will soon be issued by The Cornucopia Institute, an agricultural policy research group that supports...

Mineral Levels in Meat and Milk Plummet Over 60 Years
February 7, 2006

Mineral Levels in Meat and Milk Plummet Over 60 Years

Study blames the decline on intensive farming Food industry contests comparative methods Felicity Lawrence Thursday February 2, 2006 The Guardian The mineral content of milk and popular meats has fallen significantly in the past 60 years, according to a new analysis of government records of the chemical composition of...

New 2000-Cow Industrial Dairy Farm to Ship Milk to Dean/Horizon
January 30, 2006

New 2000-Cow Industrial Dairy Farm to Ship Milk to Dean/Horizon

Just on the heels of Dean Foods’ announcement that they will invest $10 million to build a second factory-scale company-owned farm in the desert-like conditions of at Idaho, we’ve learned of another proposed 10 million-dollar investment, adding 2000 cows, to the cachet of “organic” industrial farms producing milk for...

USDA Secretary Challenged for Kowtowing to Corporate Organic Interests
January 30, 2006

USDA Secretary Challenged for Kowtowing to Corporate Organic Interests

You might recall that we helped organize upwards of 40,000 contacts to the USDA Secretary last fall requesting that he intervene, and overrule the NOP, and allow The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to formally vote and adopt a strong pasture guidance, closing the loopholes, at their last meeting....

A Columnist Backed by Monsanto
January 23, 2006

A Columnist Backed by Monsanto

Business Week by Eamon Javers Michael Fumento’s failure to disclose payments to him in 1999 from the agribusiness giant has now caused Scripps Howard to sever its ties to him Scripps Howard News Service announced Jan. 13 that it’s severing its business relationship with columnist Michael Fumento, who’s also...

Pregnant Women Who Eat Genetically Modified Foods Risk Endangering Their Unborn Babies
January 12, 2006

Pregnant Women Who Eat Genetically Modified Foods Risk Endangering Their Unborn Babies

The Independent By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor Women who eat GM foods while pregnant risk endangering their unborn babies, startling new research suggests. The study – carried out by a leading scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences – found that more than half of the offspring of rats...

When it Pays to Buy Organic
January 12, 2006

When it Pays to Buy Organic

Consumer Reports February 2006 Which apple? The decision doesn’t end once you’ve figured out whether to buy, say, the McIntosh or the Red Delicious. In many food stores across the country, you’re also faced with the more vexing question of buying organic or conventional, and not just at the...

Milk Money:  Does Going Organic Pay Off?
January 6, 2006

Milk Money: Does Going Organic Pay Off?

By Candace Page Burlington Free Press Staff Writer (link no longer available) WEST SWANTON — Earl Fournier’s accountant tells him the profit from his 75 milk cows tripled — from $9,000 to about $30,000 — in 2004-2005, the first year he switched his Holsteins to producing organic milk. “The...

Vermont to Invest in Future of Organic Farming
January 6, 2006

Vermont to Invest in Future of Organic Farming

By Candace Page Burlington Free Press Staff Writer Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr says his department wants to begin making “cold calls” on some of the state’s small dairy farms, to see if their owners are interested in switching to organic milk. Far from being discouraged by a new study...

Member Profile
December 26, 2005

Member Profile

The Greenbergs of Stratford, Wisconsin Most organic dairy farms are relatively small operations, averaging about 50 cows. However, a handful of exemplary producers are proving that you can farm on a larger scale without compromising on environmental stewardship, humane animal husbandry, or organic ethics. The Greenberg farm, in Stratford,...

Organic Food:  A Booming Industry in India and China
December 26, 2005

Organic Food: A Booming Industry in India and China

London: Organic food production is booming in China and India — which together host more than half the world’s farming households. A new study by the UN specialised agency on rural poverty, the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), says organics can offer an effective route out of...

Dean/Horizon’s $10 Million Gamble
December 9, 2005

Dean/Horizon’s $10 Million Gamble

Organic Farming by Press Release? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Kastel, 608-625-2000, kastel(at)cornucopia.org Harry Lewis, 903-885-9150 CORNUCOPIA: Dean Foods, the $11 billion giant that controls the leading market position in conventional milk, is taking a controversial and risky gamble by attempting to turn their 4000 cow plus confinement dairy,...

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