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Withdrawn animal welfare rule still under USDA analysis     An unusual action by the USDA has left us scratching our heads.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...

Penniman quote
June 22, 2020

Black Lives Matter

The Cornucopia Institute stands in solidarity with Black people and those organizations that condemn racism. Black Lives Matter. Institutional racism is woven into the story of our nation, into the story of agriculture. Oppression, discrimination, and violence underpin farming for profit in the United States. The wisdom of Black farmers is foundational to organic farming. Leah Penniman,...

Farming While Black
June 11, 2020

Strengthening Food Sovereignty Movements

Skillshare sessions connect diverse communities to hope and knowledge By Michele Marchetti, Co-Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute On a Sunday evening in March, Rowen White Zoomed in from her home, remotely joining...

Earl Ransom, Strafford Organic Dairy
June 11, 2020

Cornucopia Campaign Elevates the Country’s Top-Rated Dairy Producers

Empowering a consumer response to the “factory-farm takeover” of organic agriculture The Cornucopia Institute is launching a new campaign to showcase dairy producers who use the most ethical, authentic organic farming practices. The “Organic Innovators: Top-Rated Farmers You Can Trust” Dairy Campaign will empower consumers and wholesale buyers to...

Spring 2020 Cultivator
June 5, 2020

The Cultivator – Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online.

May 13, 2020

The Industrial Food System is Failing Us—What Now?

“Get big or get out” has been the rallying cry for US food policy since the 1950s, leading to the ever-increasing centralization of conventional food production and processing. The quest for unyielding growth, consolidation, and the cheapest ingredients has made our food supply brittle. Activists have noted for decades...

May 8, 2020

NOSB Sparks Vital Discussion of Fenbendazole Use on Massive ‘Organic’ Flocks

by Marie Burcham, JD, Domestic Policy Director and Melody Morrell, Operations Director As five new National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) members attended their first meeting, the petitioned emergency use of fenbendazole in poultry sparked vital discussion. (Fenbendazole is currently allowed for emergency use in other organic livestock.) The National...

May 5, 2020

Between the Clouds and Seas: Working to Cool the Planet

By Melody Morrell, Operations Director   As a grandmother, I pay careful attention to what my family eats. I grow nutrient-dense produce in my garden, and I seek out authentic, certified organic food from local farmers whenever...

April 21, 2020

Follow the Spring 2020 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Online

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 public comments on April 21 and 23 and the meeting itself on April 29 and 30...

April 20, 2020

Natural Prairie Dairy and Texas Department of Agriculture Continue to Act with Impunity

The National Organic Program (NOP) has closed The Cornucopia Institute’s formal complaint regarding alleged violations of the organic standards by Natural Prairie Dairy and their organic certifier, Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Cornucopia submitted the complaint in response to egregious animal welfare abuses and violations of the organic standards...

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