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Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Seattle, WA #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 Seattle, WA April 24-26. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following our stream. For background on issues… Read more »

New Report Puts Farmers Back in Charge of Organic Certification

USDA Has “Willfully Failed” on Congressional Mandate to Prevent Fraud When farmers lobbied Congress to pass the Organic Foods Production Act in 1990, their intention was to create a level playing field in the market and to affirm the credibility of organic labeling in the eyes of consumers. Unfortunately, according to a newly released report… Read more »

What, Exactly, Are We Feeding Our Kids?

Cornucopia’s Take: Conventional grocery items made with oats, wheat, and legumes are very likely to contain glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) Roundup. Conventional farmers frequently use Roundup as a desiccant on crops, killing the entire field at once and allowing for speedy drying and efficient processing. Glyphosate lingers on the crop and… Read more »

GMO Impossible Burger Using Biotech Playbook to Misinform Consumers

Cornucopia’s Take: The company responsible for the vegan meat alternative, Impossible Burger, never performed sufficient food safety studies to receive the FDA’s “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) status. When the FDA requested lengthier studies, Impossible Burger simply put its GMO yeast-containing product on the market without GRAS status. In response to criticism, Impossible Burger has… Read more »

U.S. Delegation Puts Infant Formula Interests Ahead of Children’s Health

Why would a farm policy research group report on infant formula??? Prior to 2011, Martek Biosciences had been selling—illegally—their algae-based DHA oil for use in “organic” infant formula and Horizon milk. After a legal complaint it was determined that the material was not on the National List of substances approved for use in organics. Miles… Read more »

India’s Organic State Enjoys Improved Health, Tourism, and Environment

Cornucopia’s Take: Sikkim, a small state in India, passed legislation to practice only organic agriculture in 2003. In 2014, the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers became a criminal offense. Plasticware has likewise been banned. Farmers in the state report lower yields and the need for more training and market access. Sikkim officials have since… Read more »

Hydroponic Producer Calls Soil “Inert,” Soil Farmers Know Better

Cornucopia’s Take: Hydroponic growers in the interview below claim that soil is just another “inert” medium. Real organic farmers know better. Soil is teeming with microbiological activity, fungus, and other tiny life forms that exist in beautiful symbiosis with plants. Real organic farmers care for the biodiversity around them, grow humus, and build soil fertility… Read more »

Farmers in India Laud State Restrictions of Glyphosate

Cornucopia’s Take: The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has restricted the use of glyphosate and other herbicides to safeguard soil microbial activity, water, and human health. The new rules will also curtail the illegal production of genetically engineered herbicide tolerant (HT) cotton, which has not been approved for commercial use. ‘Threat to crops and carcinogenic’:… Read more »

Golden Rice Flops

Cornucopia’s Take: Virtually all of the genetically modified cultivars commercially available provide different advantages to conventional farmers (like being able to spray a crop with herbicides, for weed control, that would otherwise kill the plant). Golden Rice was one of the few promises of GE food that would have some benefit to eaters. Evidently, it… Read more »

Saving Heirloom Rice in India

Cornucopia’s Take: The new varieties of rice pushed in India for decades now are tasteless, provide less nutrition, require high inputs of pesticides and fertilizer, and do not grow well in India’s changing climate. Conservationists and farmers are wisely saving and growing heirloom varieties for practical reasons. Why India’s farmers want to conserve indigenous heirloom… Read more »