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National Organic Standards Board Meeting Report — Tucson, April 2018

Expert Advisory Panel Addresses Imports Fraud and Biodiversity Conservation Fraudulent organic imports and the industrial model of production under the organic seal is hurting the profitability of organic family farmers. Two panels focused on options for better oversight. Despite increased documentation of fraud, the National Organic Program is still lacking systems to monitor imports. The… 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 »

Controversial USDA National Organic Standards Board to Meet in Tucson

Possibly the Least Consequential Meeting in Its 26-Year History When members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) assemble in Tucson later this week, it will be the first meeting since it has become painfully obvious to the organic community that their power, created by an act of Congress, has been almost entirely stripped away…. Read more »

Spring 2018 NOSB Meeting – Webinar: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cornucopia staff members attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinar today, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Cornucopia’s notes from this meeting are below. You can also view our notes from the Tuesday webinar. Eleven NOSB members present (2 missing, environmentalist and handler NOSB positions have not been filled) Source: gdsteam… Read more »

Spring 2018 NOSB Meeting – Webinar: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cornucopia staff members attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) pre-meeting webinar today, where the NOSB heard comments from the public. Cornucopia’s notes from this meeting are below. You can also view our notes from the Thursday webinar. Thirteen NOSB members present: (note: environmentalist and handler NOSB positions have not been filled) The NOSB at… Read more »

USDA Rejects Advice of Expert Panel

Inflammatory/carcinogenic food additive carrageenan reapproved for use in organics Report Exposes Food Industry Cover-up: Widespread Contamination Present in the Common Food-Grade Ingredient A highly controversial natural food substance, carrageenan, a seaweed derivative used in conventional, “natural,” and some organic foods, was just reapproved by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.  This move overrides the recommendation of the… 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 »

The Case for Soil in Organic Agriculture

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic soil-based farmer Dave Chapman of Long Wind Farm offers this update on keeping the soil in organic. Public comments to the USDA are due by 11:59PM (ET) this Thursday, March 30. The Battle for Soil in Organic Agriculture Long Wind Farm by Dave Chapman Dave Chapman testifies at the spring 2016 NOSB… Read more »

Veteran Organic Grower Questions What Technologies are Appropriate in Organics

Steve Sprinkel is a certified organic farmer from Ojai, California, where he also operates the Farmer and the Cook, a restaurant and market serving organic fare. He has held numerous leadership positions in the organic movement, including having acted as the board chair of The Cornucopia Institute. He currently sits on Cornucopia’s formal policy advisory… Read more »

Astroturf Groups

What’s In a Name? [This article was previously published in the winter issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Linley Dixon, PhD Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute Source: Adobe Stock Who wouldn’t want to support organizations with names like “CropLife America,” “Coalition for Sustainable Organics,” or “Food Science Matters?” But,… Read more »