Do We Have To Shun Meat to Save the Planet?
May 31, 2019

Do We Have To Shun Meat to Save the Planet?

Factory farms focus on producing cheap food for huge profit gains. This comes with severe environmental and animal welfare costs that are not accounted for in the price of the meat product. Source: Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Flickr Conventional beef production has one of the largest impacts on global...

Critical Conversations About the Future of Organic
May 30, 2019

Critical Conversations About the Future of Organic

The integrity of the USDA organic seal is in jeopardy. As noted by Doug Crabtree of Vilicus Farms in the article below, we have to be more creative if we are to correct its course. The organic standards were written to be the “gold star” in agriculture. It was...

Deadly “Super Fungus” Bred on Conventional Farms
May 30, 2019

Deadly “Super Fungus” Bred on Conventional Farms

The majority of antibiotics in the U.S. are utilized in the livestock industry, both as  growth promoters and to control diseases that are common in the crowded, dirty, stress-filled environments where most conventional livestock spend their short lives. This kind of use is linked to the growth of antibiotic-resistant...

Opponents of Pesticide Ban Receive Big Contributions from DowDuPont
May 24, 2019

Opponents of Pesticide Ban Receive Big Contributions from DowDuPont

Source: PNASH, Flickr EPA management first approved the organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos for use in conventional agriculture based on data from the pesticide industry declaring its safety. EPA scientists later determined chlorpyrifos is linked to lower IQs and levels of gray matter in children exposed prenatally, and the Ninth Circuit...

Big Win for the Bees!
May 21, 2019

Big Win for the Bees!

Source: Bob Peterson, Flickr Center for Food Safety’s (CFS) recent legal victory has made the United States safer for bees! A federal court found the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of many neonicotinoid pesticides illegal. These pesticides must now be pulled off the market and re-assessed. Neonicotinoids are linked...

“Organic” Hydroponic May Not Be Bound by a Three-Year Transition Period
May 16, 2019

“Organic” Hydroponic May Not Be Bound by a Three-Year Transition Period

Cornucopia reached out to Dr. Jennifer Tucker, the National Organic Program (NOP) Deputy Administrator, for further comment on the issues raised by Civil Eats, below. NOP Deputy Administrator Dr. Jennifer Tucker Source: USDA Tucker stated that she did not feel the context was illustrated well in the article. Her...

Is Corporate Organic a Problem? It Depends on Who You Ask
May 15, 2019

Is Corporate Organic a Problem? It Depends on Who You Ask

As consumer demand for organic food continues to rise, many corporations that previously only marketed conventional food have thrown their hats into the ring. While they claim to be making organic food more widely available, the effects of their vertically integrated supply chains and lobbying efforts to stretch the...

Monsanto/Bayer Loses for the Third Time
May 14, 2019

Monsanto/Bayer Loses for the Third Time

Thousands of lawsuits against Monsanto are pending in state and federal courts alleging the company failed to warn consumers that glyphosate causes cancer. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world. Source: Corey Templeton, Flickr Monsanto continues to cite statements from the EPA that...

Regenerative Organic Certification is Coming Soon
May 10, 2019

Regenerative Organic Certification is Coming Soon

Source: USDA, Flickr Despite recent news that studies show organic food is worse for the environment due to land-use concerns, real organic farming is based on regenerative principles. Researchers at the Rodale Institute have shown that if all farms and ranches used regenerative organic techniques (practices premised on supporting...

The Power of the Pesticide Industry
May 9, 2019

The Power of the Pesticide Industry

The article from the Washington Post, below, highlights how much sway the pesticide industry has in the U.S. government, regardless of the administration in power. Not only do chemical companies hold lobbying power, they also have had a role in drafting the laws that are supposed to regulate their...

Not Your Grandma’s Curds and Whey
May 6, 2019

Not Your Grandma’s Curds and Whey

Cottage Cheese, the Dairy Delight Said to be Making a Comeback by Anne Ross, JD Director of International Policy at The Cornucopia Institute In the early 1970s, the average American ate five pounds of...

Factory “Organic” Causes Dairy Surplus
May 3, 2019

Factory “Organic” Causes Dairy Surplus

Making It Hard for Small Family Farms to Survive by Marie Burcham, JD Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Patty and Brian Wilson own a 600-acre farm in Vermont where, with the...

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