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Will Someone New at the Helm of the USDA’s National Organic Program Steer the Ship Towards Congress’s Intent — Protecting Farmers and Consumers?

by Linley Dixon, PhD, Senior Scientist and Mark A. Kastel, Codirector, The Cornucopia Institute Miles McEvoy Source: USDA On September 10, Miles McEvoy resigned from the position of Deputy Administrator at the USDA, running the National Organic Program.  He has held the post since early in the Obama administration.  Included in his resignation letter was… Read more »

Pro-Industry Journalism Casts Doubt on Real Science

Cornucopia’s Take: When scientific findings have regulatory consequences, the science is all too often subject to corporate spin. In this case, herbicide manufacturers have a vested interest in a regulatory conclusion that glyphosate is safe when used per label directions. The independent science says otherwise. For a good explanation of the corporate methodology and mythology at… Read more »

Food Allergies are Expensive and Not Always Understood

Cornucopia’s Take: Food allergies and intolerances are a terrible burden to the afflicted. Cornucopia has reported on carrageenan, a common food ingredient which makes people ill, and DHA which sickens some infants from formula. Pesticide exposure is another possible culprit for food sensitivity.  Cornucopia recommends a whole food, organic diet. A simple diet also helps… Read more »

Top 10 USDA Organic Crimes

Dear good food advocates, I’ve always said that the organic seal is the best guide to good food when you can’t talk to the farmer directly. I still say that, and I mean it. If you follow the work we do at Cornucopia, you know we’re vocal watchdogs of organic policy because we want to… Read more »

Sikkim in India Has Been Declared Organic—Now What?

Cornucopia’s Take: Certifiers and organic wholesalers are, so far, the major beneficiaries of India’s efforts to shift agricultural practices to organic in Sikkim. As in the U.S., certification is expensive (farmers in the U.S. are eligible for cost sharing from the USDA), although it is mandatory in Sikkim. India’s First Fully Organic State Faces Many… Read more »

Nutritionally-Enhanced GM Crops? Too Bad About the Deformed Butterflies

The Ecologist by Claire Robinson / GM Watch Field of canolaSource: Massmo Relsig It looked like such a good idea: take the pressure off wild fish stocks by growing GM oilseeds that produce health-enhancing long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, writes Claire Robinson. But as a new study has established, those fish oils, novel in terrestrial ecosystems,… Read more »

EPA Mulls Ban on Nation’s Most Heavily Used Insecticide

Salon by Paul Koberstein Source: UNDP Numerous studies show Chlorpyrifos causes serious harm to children, but some farmworkers consider it indispensable Scott Krogstad grows soybeans and sugar beets in the heart of the Red River Valley near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Like most sugar beet farmers in the Midwest, he wages a difficult war with… Read more »

Weaker Breaths in Kids Linked to Early Pesticide Exposure

Science Daily by Sarah Yang Source: Robert Patton Taking a deep breath might be a bit harder for children exposed early in life to a widely used class of pesticides in agriculture, according to a new paper by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. A new study has linked the levels of organophosphate pesticide… Read more »

GM Cotton: A False Promise for Africa’s Farmers

The Ecologist by Arya Tajdin Used clothing imported in bales harms the local cotton and textile industry. Image source: Judy and Ed The idea that GMO cotton offers hope to Africa’s impoverished cotton farmers is facile and fraudulent, writes Arya Tajdin. In fact it only adds to their vulnerability. Their real problems lie in the structural… Read more »