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Unbelievable! USDA Power Grab Should Not Go Unchallenged

(This Action Alert is Over) USDA violates the Organic Foods Production Act Draft rule on carrageenan, cellulose and “inert” synthetics in pesticides disregards decisions by the National Organic Standards Board Comment before Monday, June 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET Political corruption and power grabs usually happen behind closed doors. The Cornucopia Institute has consistently… Read more »

N.C. Raw Milk Consumers Go Out of State

Pennsylvania farmers tap into demand for product N.C. law prohibits Carolina Journal Online By Sara Burrows RALEIGH — Selling unpasteurized milk has been illegal in North Carolina for three decades. But that hasn’t stopped growing numbers of families around the state from going to extreme lengths to obtain it. Some travel to South Carolina, where… Read more »

French Study Finds Tumours in Rats Fed GM Corn

Reuters London – Rats fed a lifetime diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller Roundup suffered tumours and multiple organ damage, according to a French study published on Wednesday. Although the lead researcher’s past record as a critic of the industry may make other experts wary of drawing hasty conclusions,… Read more »

In Defense of Food: A Look Behind the Scenes of the New Michael Pollan Film

Modern Farmer by Brian Barth Source: In Defense of Food It’s been a few years since Food, Inc. came out and author Michael Pollan last graced the big screen. On Wednesday December 30, Americans will again be privy to Pollan’s wisdom—this time about eating, more than farming—when PBS airs In Defense of Food, a documentary film… Read more »

Cornucopia Welcomes New Board Member Cameron Molberg

[This article was previously published in the fall issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] Cameron Molberg Cameron Molberg has been elected to Cornucopia’s board of directors. Cameron joined Texas-based Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill & Farm in 2010 and currently serves as CEO and General Manager. Coyote Creek is the only certified organic feed… Read more »

Are You Paying Too Much For Organic Food?

CivilEats by Elizabeth Grossman Source: Tax Credits A first of its kind study shows organic agriculture earns farmers significantly more, and suggests it might be worth the price. Most people buy organic to avoid pesticides, antibiotics, and GMOs, and to support environmentally friendly growing practices. Now you can add helping farmers make a living to… Read more »

GOP Farm Cuts Target Organic, Avoids Big Ag Subsidies

The Des Moines Register by Philip Brasher The grain and cotton growers that dominate U.S. farm subsidies came out unscathed in the first proposal from some of the most conservative House Republicans to cut spending. Instead, the Republican Study Committee targeted spending for organic farmers, sugar growers and an export promotion program that is popular… Read more »

Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

NPR – The Salt by Dan Charles Source: Cascadian Farm Rearranging veggie genes is big business, and we’re not even talking about biotechnology. Private companies and university researchers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year breeding better genetic varieties of food crops. But organic farmers say those programs have a big blind spot when… Read more »

Take Action to Oppose New Organic Tax

Comments Due to USDA by April 19 on Checkoff Proposal Image source: dreamstime.com The USDA wants public feedback on a proposed checkoff program for organics. The scheme, advocated by the industry’s largest lobby group, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), would establish a mandatory tax on farmers, food processors, distributors, retailers, and importers engaged in organic… Read more »

Cornucopia and Over 300 Other Groups Say No to Agriculture Mega-Mergers

Cornucopia’s Take: Over 320 farmer, consumer, beekeeper, environmental, and worker groups sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding a stop to Dow/DuPont and Bayer/Monsanto mega-mergers. Cornucopia was a signatory. It is difficult to see how such mergers benefit either farmers or consumers. Over 300 food and farm groups Urge Jeff Sessions to… Read more »