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Take Action to Oppose New Organic Tax

Comments Due to USDA by April 19 on Checkoff Proposal Image source: 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 »

Almost All Germans Contaminated with Glyphosate

The Ecologist by Nicole Sagener | Fuessen, Germany Source: Moyan Brenn A new study shows that 99.6% of Germans are contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, writes Nicole Sagener. The news comes as the EU puts off a crucial decision on whether to re-authorise the chemical, described by IARC as ‘probably carcinogenic’, until 2031. All… Read more »

What Walmart’s Big Organic Announcement Means for Organic Veterans

Could the chain’s entrée into private-label organics cheapen the gold standard in food production? Rodale News by Emily Main Walmart has just announced that it’s going to throw its massive size and influence behind the organic food movement. By relaunching a historic brand, Wild Oats, which used to be Whole Foods’ biggest rival, the chain… Read more »

Modified Crops Tap a Wellspring of Protest

The New York Times By JULIA MOSKIN SILENT in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their fields. The… Read more »

Cheap Food: Not What’s for Dinner Anymore?

Welcome to the era of neocolonial agriculture Mother Jones By Tom Philpott Remember when gas was a dollar a gallon? The era of the fast-food “dollar menu” may be going the same way. Cheap food has been with us for a while. After World War II, global grain prices fell steadily for decades. US and European… Read more »

Cornucopia’s Message to Organic Dairy Farmers

Cornucopia sent the message below the graphic to organic dairy farmers, including ones shipping to Dean Foods’ Horizon label. We encourage consumers to sign the petition that will send a message to the Dean’s CEO telling him that taking profits generated by organic customers, and investing them to stab us in the back, is a… Read more »

Monsanto Once Again Developing Herbicide Resistant Wheat

Beyond Pesticides Source: Andrew Gustar Over a decade after consumer opposition halted multinational agrichemical business Monsanto’s plans to develop genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant wheat, the company is trying again. This time, Monsanto’s goal is to create wheat that is resistant to three different herbicides; glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba. Although over 90% of corn, soybean, and… Read more »

Field Report: A Michigan Teen Farms Her Backyard

New York Times By CHRISTINE MUHLKE Lawn mowing and baby-sitting are standard summer jobs for the enterprising teenager. Alexandra Reau, who is 14, combines a little bit of each: last year, she asked her dad to dig up a half acre of their lawn in rural Petersburg, Mich., so she could farm. Now in its… Read more »

Major Food Brands Paying Farmers to Transition to Organic to Meet Consumer Demand

Cornucopia’s Take: The growing consumer hunger for organics has made organics a $43 billion a year business. As shortages appear, more farmers look to transition to organics. While they wrestle with changing agricultural practices, corporations are scrambling to find supplies – sometimes in the U.S. and increasingly from abroad. Paying Farmers to Go Organic, Even Before… Read more »