Search Results for: GMO

Suspicious Organic Grain Shipment Intercepted at U.S. Port

UPDATE: Interim Victory for Organic Farmers A federal judge has denied Sunrise Food International, Inc.’s request that it be allowed to immediately unload 25,000 metric tons of what is purportedly “organic” corn currently stranded off the shore of California. Sunrise asked the court to issue an emergency order allowing it to dock and unload the… Read more »

New Go-To Career for New England’s Young: Farming

AP by Jennifer McDermott Credit: USDA, Ed Ragland CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Farming is hip in New England. Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading. Farmers and industry experts agree New England is bucking a trend toward larger, but fewer,… Read more »

The Battlefront in the Front Yard

New York Times By Steven Kurutz JASON HELVENSTON was at work on his second crop, spreading compost to fertilize the carrots, bok choy, kale and dozens of other vegetables he grows organically on his property in Orlando, Fla., when the trouble began. Mr. Helvenston spent last Super Bowl Sunday planting the garden outside his 1940s… Read more »

Farmers Rewarded for Practicing ‘Carbon Farming’

EcoWatch by Cole Mellino Source: USDA NRCS South Dakota Soils naturally absorb and sequester carbon dioxide and following organic practices, such as adding compost and bringing back herds of grazing animals, can make a huge difference in how much carbon dioxide soils can retain. In 2007, a California rancher, John Wick and his partners at the… Read more »

Safer Food May Require Abandoning Factory Farming

The Vancouver Sun By David Fisman And Sarah Elton Canadians, this week, are a little nervous around beef. For good reason. “Verotoxigenic” E. coli (VTEC), which are often a strain known as E. coli O157: H7, are yet again causing an outbreak, with numerous Canadians sickened by tainted beef. Now what’s being called the country’s… 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 »

In Organic We Trust: New Film Review

I’ve had a chance to view this new documentary and find it balances a critical critique of some of the challenges facing the organic community, as we have morphed into an “industry,” as it illustrates much of the hope that organics is based on. – MAK The Orange County Register Kip Pastor’s In Organic We… Read more »

Follow Cornucopia’s Fall 2022 NOSB Coverage

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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 the meeting on October 25, 26, and 27 below and with our Twitter followers at #NOSB or by simply following our stream…. 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 »

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 »