Farmers Market

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

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

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

Organic Egg Report and Scorecard

Organic Egg Brand Scorecard Organic Egg Scorcard Scoring Criteria 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...

Children's Report

Protecting Children’s Health

October 2015 Choosing Organic Food to Avoid GMOs and Agricultural Chemicals Conventional foods commonly contain residues of pesticides that may cause cancer, damage the nervous system and cognitive development, or disrupt hormone functions in humans. Genetically engineered (GE) foods are allowed in our food supply, without labeling, and have...

Cereal Research

Natural vs. Organic Cereal

Federal law requires that organic food products be produced promoting ecological sustainability, without the toxic inputs and genetically engineered ingredients common in the conventional food system. Increasingly, organic products are forced to compete with products that claim to be "natural."

Hexane in Soy Products Research

Hexane Soy

The prohibition of hexane in the processing of organic foods, contrasting with its widespread use in non-organic veggie burgers, meat alternatives, nutrition bars and other "natural" foods, is a perfect example of the importance of the organic label.

DHA Infant Formula Research

Infant Formula Report

Replacing Mother: Imitating Human Breast Milk in the Laboratory, details research questioning the alleged benefits of adding "novel" omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, produced in laboratories and extracted from algae and fungus, into infant formulas. The report presents disturbing research indicating that the new additives placed in infant formula...

Soy Research

Soy Report and Scorecard

The Cornucopia Institute's Organic Soy Report and accompanying Scorecard rates companies that market organic soy foods, such as soymilk, tofu and veggie burgers, based on ten criteria that are important to organic consumers'showcasing companies that are truly committed to the spirit and letter of the organic law while exposing...

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