October 8, 2020

The Quest for Parity

Tales from an Upstate New York Produce Department By Michele Marchetti In early December, as snow fell steadily on the Finger Lakes, Andrew Hernandez II (right) huddled with eight New York farmers to map out plans for the abundance that, come summer, turned GreenStar’s stores into a backdrop for...

October 1, 2020

The Cultivator – Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF. In it you’ll find: Industrial-scale Organic Exploitation South Africa’s Organic Authority Back-to-School Snacks Food Justice and GreenStar Co-op Beef Finishing Hawaiian Organic Noni

September 17, 2020

Organic Farming is Rooted in Soil

The Wisdom of Wood Prairie Family Farm     by Rachel Zegerius, Co-Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute  Hardcover books, almanacs, seed catalogs, and three-ring binders spilling loose leaf papers reach skyward behind Cornucopia advisor Jim Gerritsen as...

Food Justice
September 3, 2020

Fair Food

Organic farming sustains ecological systems—of which humans play an inextricable role. But the USDA organic standards fail to address how farmers are paid or how anyone who plays a role in getting your organic food to the table is treated. In 1999, the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) was founded...

Aurora Dublin
August 20, 2020

Aurora Dairy Plans to Open Factory Housing 7,000 “Organic” Heifers

As consumers call for improved animal welfare, stewardship of the soil, and conservation of dwindling water supplies, Aurora Organic Dairy is preparing to open a heifer factory on 1,900 acres in the dry High Plains of Colorado. The feedlot will house 7,000 “organic” heifers (a young cow that hasn’t born offspring...

August 20, 2020

Acing Back-to-School Grocery Runs

Cornucopia’s scorecards help you make the best choices for your school kids If you’re one of millions of Americans for whom back to school means getting your kid back to Zoom, the cafeteria has moved to your dining room. Even if your kids or grandkids are headed for the...

Silvopastured birds
August 5, 2020

Into the Woods

The Animal Welfare, Farming, and Consumer Benefits of Silvopasture by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute With the huge push for pastured poultry in today’s marketplace, grassy expanses marked...

August 3, 2020

The Co-op Safety Net

Values-based solutions in a time of need   “Concern for community” is one of the seven guiding principles of cooperatives. It’s also at the core of the responses and solutions offered by co-ops throughout the country...

Cow on pasture
July 31, 2020

What’s the Beef with Labels?

Buying the Best Burger Requires Scrutiny by Marie Burcham, JD, Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute If a trip to the store to buy beef leaves you bewildered, you are not alone. Understanding...

Planting seedlings
July 24, 2020

Reimagining Cornucopia

A message from the interim executive director The Cornucopia Institute has a 15-year history of boldly standing up for the integrity of ecologically based organic farmers and food. We have fought many battles to improve or elevate the good food movement and authentic organic farmers. Last year we arrived...

Port of Stockton
July 9, 2020

USDA Offers Sneak Peek of Proposed Rule to Address Organic Fraud

After a long, painful wait, The Cornucopia Institute’s full-court press to compel USDA to address the influx of fraudulent organic imports is finally yielding action. The department held a virtual Town Hall on July 8, unveiling a draft of the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) rule. Meant to address organic...

Delta barns
June 24, 2020

Autopsy or Message of Hope?

Withdrawn animal welfare rule still under USDA analysis     An unusual action by the USDA has left us scratching our heads. In April of this year, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) requested public comments on the economic analysis of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) Rule—despite the...

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