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Follow the Spring 2020 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Online

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via web updates and live tweets from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting online. We will be sharing the play by play of public comments on April 21 and 23 and the meeting itself on April 29 and 30 below and with our Twitter followers… Read more »

Visit Us at MOSES, February 27 – 29

Cornucopia staff is packing our bags, mapping our routes, and combing through the conference schedule in anticipation of this year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference. The country’s largest gathering of organic and sustainable farmers draws more than 3,000 people to La Crosse, Wisconsin for educational workshops, inspiring speakers, a two-floor Exhibit Hall and organically grown food…. Read more »

What the National Organic Program Doesn’t Say Is Telling

Village Farms Hydroponic Operation

At the October National Organic Standards Board Meeting, National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Chair Harriet Behar identified several troubling issues that have plagued the organic program in recent years. These issues included the languishing origin of livestock, pasture, and native ecosystems rules, and the certification of hydroponic production in 2017.

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 natural resources. It threatens clean air… Read more »

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 intended to provide consumers with assurance… Read more »

Faith in Farming

Finding a Way of Life on Windy Acres Farm [This article was previously published in the winter issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Jason Cole, Research Associate at The Cornucopia Institute Photo courtesy of Windy Acres Farm What is the meaning and purpose of work? Is it simply a means of making a… Read more »

Four Cash Crops Take Up Half of Global Farmland

Cornucopia’s Take: Although more kinds of crops are now grown than in the 1970s, almost half of all farmland in the world  currently produces wheat, corn, soy, or rice. Monocultures are notoriously vulnerable to pests, disease, and increasingly wild swings in precipitation and temperature. Biodiversity improves the resilience of the ecosystem as a whole and… Read more »

Iowa’s Polluted Water Begins to Rise Above Politics

Cornucopia’s Take: Rural Iowa Senator, David Johnson, in concert with Bill Stowe, the head of public utility Des Moines Water Works, is calling for stricter regulation of farm run-off. Nitrate and phosphate pollution from agricultural run-off has soared in Iowa since 2002, and more than half of the rivers in the state have now been… Read more »

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Tucson, AZ #NOSB

Last Updated: April 27 at 6:08PM CT Join The Cornucopia Institute as we live tweet from the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Tucson, Arizona. We will be sharing the play by play with our Twitter followers under #NOSB or simply follow our stream. For background on issues up for discussion at the meeting, see:… Read more »

Will Additional Labels on Organic Food Clarify or Confuse?

Cornucopia’s Take: Cornucopia remains committed to protecting the integrity of organic food and farming.  We are neutral on add-on labels for organic products and will judge them on their merits in terms of standards and enforceability (the one outlined in the story, the real organic label, is being developed by some of the true heroes in… Read more »