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July 15, 2022

Wisdom Keeper

Why ‘Farmer Cee’ is Investing in Organic Certification Early one morning before most people had even poured their first cup of tea, Clarenda Stanley, known as “Farmer Cee,” set her phone on her dashboard and pressed record. Her YouTube videos, useful for any beginning farmer, target Black female farmers...

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July 6, 2022

Labels 101: Decoding Labels Built on the Organic Seal

What it means to be ROP and ROC certified By Michele Marchetti and Kestrel Burcham At Oatman Farms, Dax Hansen is...

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June 21, 2022

What the Grocery Industry Isn’t Telling You

A Conversation with Dr. Phil Howard Just a handful of companies control your food. Yes, even your organic food. Cornucopia’s director...

June 8, 2022

Join Cornucopia’s Board of Directors

Are you passionate about organic food and farming? Are you inspired by the immense challenges of the current moment? Are you excited to lend your skills to an evolving organization? The Cornucopia Institute is looking for committed volunteer leaders to join our dynamic board of directors. As the premier...

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June 6, 2022

A Win for Authentic Organic Dairy

Long overdue rule underscores the cost and care of raising organic calves For years after they purchased their land, and before...

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June 2, 2022

Cornucopia Releases New Local Organic Berry Map

A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A in the US and Canada, potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries purchased in grocery stores, is yet another case for buying local: It’s easier to trust your food when you know your farmer. A new tool from The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit watchdog...

Farmer standing in field with a gourd in her hand
May 26, 2022

The Cultivator – Spring/Summer 2022

The Spring/Summer 2022 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly print newsletter, is off the press. This issue is the first to feature our new design! You’ll find the same great stories and updates, but with a cleaner look! Featuring independent journalism and stories you won’t read anywhere else, the Cultivator is mailed to supporters...

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May 24, 2022

This grilling season, buy a burger you can feel good about

VIROQUA, Wis., May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit watchdog for the organic label, is helping people find better beef. More than 13,000 eaters have used its Organic Beef Scorecard to take a step away from an industrial model reliant on synthetic fertilizers. Ranking more than...

Corn husks in a field
May 6, 2022

Feed the Soil, says the NOSB

Last week, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) unanimously voted to limit the use of highly soluble nitrogen fertilizers. This is a win for authentic organic farming. “Feed the soil, not the plant” embodies the wisdom of the organic movement. Instead of relying on shortcuts, authentic organic farmers steward...

Follow Cornucopia’s Spring 2022 NOSB Coverage
April 26, 2022

Follow Cornucopia’s Spring 2022 NOSB Coverage

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 the meeting on April 26, 27, and 28 below and with our Twitter followers at #NOSB...

Cows running through a pasture
March 30, 2022

Origin of Livestock: A Step Toward Organic Integrity

After decades of pressure from Cornucopia and its colleagues in organics, USDA is moving forward with the long-overdue final rule on Origin of Livestock. The final rule underscores a key value of authentic organic dairy: the cost and care necessary to raise organic calves on farms. Unbeknownst to many...

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March 16, 2022

Hope and Hypocrisy: An Update on Northeast Organic Dairy

Pointing to a decade’s loss of 100,000 small family farms, Organic Valley recently announced a plan that will hopefully distance 80 Northeast organic dairy farms from that bleak statistic. Organic Valley is offering those 80 farms, most of which were deserted by Danone in its quest for improved financial...

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