The Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.

EPA Allows Monsanto to Block Independent Dicamba Study

August 16th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The article below outlines how companies can limit independent testing when they claim substances are proprietary, meaning they keep their formulas secret in order to protect them from others in the industry. In this case, Monsanto allegedly blocked independent testing of their new dicamba formulation’s likelihood of drifting out of fear that it would lose federal approval.

Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis
by Emily Flitter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away.

The photographs served as early warnings of a crisis that has damaged millions of acres of farmland. New versions of the herbicide dicamba developed by Monsanto and BASF, according to farmers, have drifted across fields to crops unable to withstand it, a charge authorities are investigating.

As the crisis intensifies, new details provided to Reuters by independent researchers and regulators, and previously unreported testimony by a company employee, demonstrate the unusual way Monsanto introduced its product. The approach, in which Monsanto prevented key independent testing of its product, went unchallenged by the Environmental Protection Agency and nearly every state regulator. Read Full Article »

Wise Traditions: November 10 – 13

August 15th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: The Weston A. Price Foundation is one of Cornucopia’s important allies in the good food movement. Purchase tickets to their annual conference, Wise Traditions, by September 15 to receive early bird pricing.

The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Annual Conference
Wise Traditions
Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN – November 10 – 13, 2017

Day, weekend and no-meal options. Room and ride share. Volunteer and scholarship opportunities.
Early-Bird Special. Monday events include Sally Fallon Morell’s first-ever master cooking class.

For anyone interested in improving their health through food, farming and the healing arts.


America’s Premier Nutrition Conference
Life-Changing Lectures
Cutting-Edge Nutrition Research
Cooking Classes
Traditional Nutrient-Dense Meals
Networking and Camaraderie
Quality Food and Health Product Vendors
Children’s Program

Hormone Health
Alzheimer’s, Migraines
Eye Health, Diabetes, Weight Loss
Nourishing Traditional Diets
Traditional Food Preparation
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Vaccines Versus Natural Immunity
Thyroid and Adrenal Health
Baby Care, Treating Autism

To register, visit

Untested GMO Ingredient Illegally Sold Without FDA Approval

August 15th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Many highly processed plant-based foods are currently on the market masquerading as health food. Cornucopia believes people should have access to the healthiest and most nutritious food, and no matter what your dietary choice, purchasing authentic organic food should be of paramount importance. Eaters should also avoid hexane-extracted soy protein, found in many conventional vegetarian and vegan processed foods.

FDA casts doubt on safety of Impossible Burger’s key GMO ingredient
The Huffington Post
by Ken Roseboro, Editor, The Organic & Non-GMO Report

Agency told lab meat manufacturer it hadn’t demonstrated safety of burger’s genetically engineered heme, which has never been in the food supply. Company put product on the market anyway.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the manufacturer of the meat-like Impossible Burger that the company hadn’t demonstrated the safety of the product’s key genetically engineered ingredient, according to internal FDA documents. Despite FDA’s concerns, Impossible Foods put its GMO-derived burger on the market for public consumption.
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Monolithic Grocers Sell Monolithic Labels

August 11th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia strongly supports co-ops and other independent grocers who stock truly local and organic food, pay their staff a fair wage, and grow communities. Many consumers have a choice when it comes to food shopping, and choosing to support a member-owned co-op rewards family-scale farmers and gives you access to the healthiest food. Journalist and creator of the Deconstructing Dinner podcast, Jon Steinman, hopes you’ll consider the impact that grocery stores have on our food landscape.

Who Owns Your Grocery Store?
The Tyee
by Jon Steinman who is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to support the development of the book, Grocery Story – The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants. Jon is also the writer and host of the Deconstructing Dinner television and radio series.

In the age of monolithic grocery giants, food co-ops offer a promising alternative.

People’s Food Co-op
Source: Robyn Kingsley

Who owns the grocery store you shop at?

I love this question. It’s a bloody important one, a solid entry-point into a much deeper inner dialogue about the type of food system we choose to invest in each time we pass through the grocery checkout. If you’re like most Canadians, your investment is probably not so much a choice but an exercise in necessity, habit or convenience. Most of us, after all, are sorely limited in choosing which among the country’s grocery giants our food dollars will support.

The national market share of Canadians’ grocery dollars is telling, with 30 per cent of us investing our food dollars in Loblaw Companies Ltd., 26 per cent in Sobeys (Empire Company Ltd.), and 25 per cent in Metro, Walmart or Costco combined. That’s right, over 80 per cent of Canada’s grocery dollars end up in the pockets of only five companies. Read Full Article »

Midwestern Farmers Not Lining Up to Stop Algae Bloom

August 11th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Lake Erie is forecasted to suffer from severe algae bloom this year, and the Gulf of Mexico will likely see its third-largest dead zone in the 32 years of measurement. One of the largest contributors to algae blooms is agricultural fertilizer runoff. Farmers have been offered grants and other voluntary programs to stop fertilizer runoff into the watershed for 30 years, but the algae and the dead zone have continued to grow. Too few farmers are participating in the programs and mandatory programs are likely needed to save the watersheds.

Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones
The Conversation
by Donald Scavia

Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be toxic and potentially fatal to aquatic life and people. Read Full Article »

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