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.

Center for Food Safety Report Exposes EPA Inaction

December 7th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Center for Food Safety’s report, Net Loss, describes the EPA’s refusal to regulate neonicotinoids, despite increasing evidence that these insecticides are harmful to the environment and not beneficial to farmers.  Neonics need to be removed from usage in the world’s agricultural systems.  Of course they are not allowed in organics.

EPA Should Stop Sugarcoating the Catastrophic Effects of Neonic Seed Coatings
Center for Food Safety
by Larissa Walker, Pollinator Program Director


Bee-toxic seeds are planted on nearly half of all U.S. cropland. These neonicotinoid-coated crop seeds are the largest single use of insecticides in the country and they are not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Would you be surprised to learn that these same insecticides often provide no benefit to farmers – that their use can actually do more harm than any potential good? Read Full Article »

Young Farmers Conference Livestream, December 7 & 8

December 6th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: One of our allies in the good food movement, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, is hosting the 9th annual Young Farmers Conference. They will be livestreaming parts of it throughout the day tomorrow and Thursday.

Young Farmers Conference
by Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

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Millennials Want Fresh, Healthy, Easy-to-Prepare Food

December 6th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Millennials have an enormous amount of information available to them via the internet. That, coupled with their interests in health and sustainability, has made them a market force for healthy food choices.

Big food faces annihilation unless it moves with millennials on health
The Guardian
by Alison Moodie

Source: European Parliament

The food industry in the US and around the world is scrambling to adapt to a younger generation’s appetite for fresher, healthier foods

college student in the 1980s may have been content living off instant noodles for dinner. Nowadays, a twentysomething is as likely to pick up a piece of wild salmon with quinoa and a fresh rocket salad from their local grocery store on any given night.

It’s a shift that’s having ripple effects throughout the food industry as manufacturers and retailers scramble to adapt to a younger generation’s appetite for fresher, healthier foods. Read Full Article »

The Cultivator – Winter 2016

December 5th, 2016

Winter 2016 Cultivator coverThe Winter 2016 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF here.

In it you’ll find:

  • The Cream Rises to the Top
  • Cornucopia Calls for Investigation of NOP
  • Organic is Soil
  • Congressional GMO Scorecard
  • Cornucopia Members Speak Up!
  • Astroturf Groups
  • Organic Farmer and Sunset Lawsuits Update
  • Farmer Profile: A Treasure in the Valley
  • FOIA Reading Room

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Farmworkers in Salinas Valley Struggle to Find Housing

December 5th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Affordable housing is rare in Salinas Valley, where much of the country’s lettuce is grown. Some larger companies are beginning to build worker housing in order to guarantee a workforce large enough to harvest the crops.

How a Farmworker ‘Company Town’ Is Taking Shape in the Salinas Valley
by Lisa Morehouse

Source: USDA

If you’ve read your John Steinbeck and listened to your Merle Haggard, or if you grew up in a farmworker family, you know that farm laborers in California have struggled to find decent housing for decades.

Except in a few cases, growers have no legal obligation to house employees, and there’s not a lot of state and federal money earmarked for farmworker housing. In the Salinas Valley — the fifth- least-affordable place to live in the country — there’s just not enough decent housing for all the people needed to pick crops like lettuce and strawberries. Read Full Article »

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