Cottage Cheese Report
September 2019

Cottage Cheese Report and Scorecard

Cottage Cheese Scorecard Full Report Cottage Cheese at a Glance Press Release The dairy case just got more crowded.  A resurgence in the cottage cheese market means more choice for consumers—and the end result isn’t so easy to digest. The Cornucopia Institute’s report, Weighing the Curds, provides dairy consumers...

Plant-Based Beverage Report
June 2019

Plant-Based Beverage Report and Scorecard

Plant-Based Beverages Scorecard Full Report Plant-Based Beverages in a Nutshell Press Release The Cornucopia Institute’s report, “Pouring” Over Plant-Based Beverages, gives shoppers the information they need to decide whether plant-based beverages, cow’s milk, or a diet consisting of both best meets their individual needs and expectations. Because large beverage companies...

Certifier Report
March 2019

Certifier Report and Guide

Certifier Guide Full Report Executive Summary News Release The Cornucopia Institute’s report, The Gatekeepers of Organic Integrity: Guide to Organic Certifiers, will help producers choose Accredited Certifying Agents (ACAs, aka certifiers) with values that align with their own. It will also clarify the role of certifiers in organic certification for...

Hydroponic Research
November 2018

Hydroponic Report and Buyer’s Guide

Hydroponic Buyer’s Guide Full Report Executive Summary More Information on Hydroponic Press Release The Cornucopia Institute’s report, Troubling Waters: How the USDA and Hydroponic Agribusiness Diluted Organics by Sanctioning Soil-less Growing provides consumers and wholesale buyers with the information they need to identify hydroponic brands in the marketplace and instead purchase...

Grain Report
October 2018

Grain Report and Buyer’s Guides

Grain Buyer’s Guides Full Report Press Release The Cornucopia Institute’s report, Against the Grain: Protecting Organic Shoppers against Import Fraud and Farmers from Unfair Competition, provides organic consumers, farmers and ranchers, and ethical business interests with background information to understand how cheaper, fraudulently labeled imports of “organic” soybeans and “organic”...

Dairy Research
August 2018

Organic Dairy Report and Scorecard

August 2018 The Cornucopia Institute published its first comprehensive report on the organic dairy industry in 2008. Much has changed since then, as the organic dairy sector has grown exponentially. However, one thing that remains the same is the focus of The Cornucopia Institute’s work: the “factory farm takeover”...

Snack Bars Report
December 2017

Snack Bars Report and Scorecard

Snack Bars Scorecard Full Report Executive Summary Press Release The Cornucopia Institute’s report: Raising the Bar, Choosing Healthy Snack Bars versus Gimmicky Junk Food, exposes misleading marketing practices by food industry giants that market candy-like snack and energy bars as wholesome and nutritious. The report further exposes leading natural/organic...

Impostor Imports: Abuses in the Organic Marketplace
July 2017

Impostor Imports: Abuses in the Organic Marketplace

Cornucopia has been investigating fraudulent organic imports and working to call out these illegalities for over a decade. Please contact us with any information about questionable shipments of imported organic grains and produce.  We will hold anything you share with us in strict confidence. Source: United Soybean Board Abuses...

Farmers Market
June 2017

DIY Organic Certification

When Certified Organic Is Not Available, Ask the Right Questions at the Market Local farm stands, CSAs, and farmers markets give access to some of the freshest and healthiest seasonal food, while providing an opportunity to directly support the people who produce it. Cornucopia always recommends certified organic local farms...

FOIA Reading Room
October 2016

FOIA Reading Room

The Cornucopia Institute has submitted dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests over the years in an effort to shine a light on the inner workings of the National Organic Program. Over and over we have seen the same response from the USDA: frequent delays far beyond what...

Toothpaste Scorecard
August 2016

Toothpaste Report and Scorecard

Toothpaste Brand Scorecard Full Report Executive Summary Press Release List of Toothpaste Ingredients to Avoid (enlarge .jpg by clicking on image) or PDF Lead in Clay-based Toothpastes Behind the Dazzling Smile: Toxic Ingredients in Your Toothpaste, describes how the quality of “natural” toothpastes varies significantly between brands, and how these oral...

Organic Egg Research
December 2015

Organic Egg Report and Scorecard

Organic Egg Brand Scorecard Full Report Executive Summary Photo Gallery: Industrial-Scale Egg Production—Masquerading As Organic? The Cornucopia Institute’s report, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture, will empower consumers and wholesale buyers who want to invest their food dollars to protect hard-working family farmers that...

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