Anne Ross in South Africa
January 18, 2020

Cornucopia Investigates Global Organic Integrity

The economic impact of fraudulent organic imports is profound. Cornucopia’s director of international policy Anne Ross is focused on ways to reform and strengthen domestic organic regulations, while increasing oversight of organic products originating overseas. An advocate for organic farmers and consumers, she is also actively engaged in promoting...

Calf
November 22, 2019

Action Alert: Origin of Livestock Rulemaking Re-Opened for Comment

Comment by December 2 Under pressure from organic dairy farmers, farmer and consumer groups, and Congress, the National Organic Program (NOP) recently re-opened the comment period for the 2015 proposed rule on Origin of Livestock. Despite overwhelming support in 2015 for closing this loophole...

The final chapter of Dean Foods
November 19, 2019

The Final Chapter of Dean Foods: Bankruptcy

Dean Foods, the largest domestic milk producer, announced on November 12 that it was filing for bankruptcy. The company’s organic portfolio is anemic after packaging its former branded products division as WhiteWave Foods in 2013. In 2017, Organic Valley controversially partnered with Dean Foods on a joint bottling venture....

Cornucopia Board and Staff
November 8, 2019

Watchdog Cornucopia Remains Committed to Mission

Fueled by organic Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate, the board and staff of The Cornucopia Institute gathered in Minneapolis for three energizing days of staff and board meetings. Led by Jonathan Rosenthal, Cornucopia’s new interim executive director, the retreat marked a new chapter for the organization, as well as...

Village Farms Hydroponic Operation
November 8, 2019

What the National Organic Program Doesn’t Say Is Telling

At the October National Organic Standards Board Meeting, National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Chair Harriet Behar identified several troubling issues that have plagued the organic program in recent years. These issues included the languishing origin of livestock, pasture, and native ecosystems rules, and the certification of hydroponic production in...

Bare Soil
November 6, 2019

Commercial Agriculture Research Finds Chemicals Are Better for the Environment?

You may have seen the study suggesting that organic agriculture actually creates more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional agriculture. The Cornucopia Institute has observed research on this topic often comes from an industrial agriculture viewpoint. For more on this issue, read “Big Ag’s Long Arms in Scientific Research.”

Follow the NOSB Meeting, Fall 2019
October 23, 2019

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA #NOSB

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via live tweet and web updates from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Pittsburgh, PA October 23-25th. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following...

Jonathan Rosenthal, Interim ED
October 18, 2019

The Cornucopia Institute Hires Jonathan Rosenthal as Interim Executive Director

The Cornucopia Institute is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jonathan Rosenthal as the new Interim Executive Director.  With this hire, Cornucopia is moving confidently to evolve into a more sustainable, relevant, and powerful voice in the good food movement. Rosenthal will shepherd the organization through a just, transparent,...

Phone in Hands
October 18, 2019

Fall 2019 NOSB Meeting – Webinars: October 15 & 17

Cornucopia’s director of domestic policy, Marie Burcham, JD, attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinars on October 15 and 17, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Our notes from this meeting are below. Tuesday, October 15 NOSB members present: Harriet Behar (January 2016 – January...

Fall 2019 Cultivator
October 10, 2019

The Cultivator – Fall 2019

The fall 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online.

Weatherbury Mill
October 8, 2019

Renaissance Family

The Prevailing Winds of Weatherbury Farm by Rachel Zegerius, Assistant Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Nestled in the tightly woven hills of the Washington Valley, 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,...

October 8, 2019

Certifying Small Farms

The Challenges and How Consumers Can DIY Farmers markets are in full swing. Whenever possible, we urge consumers to support certified organic farm vendors first. But not all small-scale farmers choose to certify. To help...

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